A wide range of breastfeeding support services are available in Fife. In the first instance, you will get general breastfeeding support and information from:
- Your community midwife
- Your Health Visitor or Family Nurse.
Other sources of help and support available are:
- Telephone and home visiting support from Breastfeeding Support Workers
- Specialist support for mums who may be experiencing more complex challenges
- Mum-to-mum support in local groups
- Help from voluntary organisations and the National Breastfeeding Helpline.
All breastfeeding mothers should be given a copy of the Breastfeeding Support Information Leaflet when they go home from the Maternity Unit, Victoria Hospital. If you do not have a copy, or if you did not have your baby in the Victoria Hospital, you can download one by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page or from the Publicationssection,Breastfeeding Support Information. You can also get a copy from your midwife, Health Visitor or Family Nurse.
Breastfeeding Support Co-ordinator and Support Workers
At NHS Fife, we are lucky to have a dedicated Breastfeeding Co-ordinator . She can offer specialist breastfeeding support by telephone, email or at home.
Breastfeeding Support Co-ordinator
Tel: 01383 565331 Mobile: 07748704901
Breastfeeding Support Workers
Breastfeeding Support Workers work alongside midwives and health visitors to help support breastfeeding. They can give you additional help and encouragement and answer any questions you may have. This can be by telephone or by visiting you at home. They will try to telephone you to see how things are going. This should be shortly after you return home from hospital.
If you would like this type of breastfeeding support, ask your midwife or health visitor to refer you. You can also refer yourself by telephoning 01383 565331 or sending an email to FIFE-UHB.BreastfeedingSupportWorkers@nhs.net
Specialist help with breastfeeding, for mums with babies up to six weeks old, is available within the maternity unit at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy. You may be referred to the clinic by your midwife or health visitor. You can also refer yourself by telephoning 0758 590 9587 after 9.30 am to arrange an appointment.
Note that the clinic is closed weekend and on Public Holidays.
Voluntary groups and other national support organisations
A number of voluntary organisations offer telephone helplines and breastfeeding counselling services.
National Childbirth Trust 0300 330 0771/0700 www.nct.org.uk/
La Leche League 0845 120 2918 www.laleche.org.uk/
Breastfeeding Network 0300 100 1210 www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers 0300 100 0212 www.abm.me.uk/
The Baby Friendly Initiative www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly
Local Breastfeeding Support Groups
These groups run throughout Fife. They can provide breastfeeding support in an informal environment. They provide mum-to-mum support. They can help with breastfeeding difficulties, but you do not need to have a problem to come along. Most groups are facilitatied by a health professional but some are run by voluntary organisations or by mums themselves. (See the attached publication Local Breastfeeding Groups for full list)
You can also find details about Breastfeeding Groups in Fife and in other areas on the Feedgoodfactor website: www.feedgood.scot
Maternity Services and the Neonatal unit have a small number of pumps for short term use for initial lactation establishment.
The Health and Social Care Partnership also have a number of electric breast pumps available for loan. These units can be made available for longer term use.
Priority for pumps will be given to mums who:
- need a breast pump to maintain their milk supply if they are separated from their baby
- are temporarily unable to breastfeed for any reasons
- need to increase their milk supply
- need help to resolve other breastfeeding difficulties such as sore nipples
If you need help or support to overcome any of these breastfeeding challenges, or with expressing breastmilk for your baby, you can contact a Breastfeeding Support Worker.
Pumps are also available for social use, such as to helping to keep breastfeeding going when mums return to work.
See the attached document for a list of Breast Pump Booking Coordinators
NHS Fife Breastfeeding Helpline
You can phone the NHS Fife Breastfeeding Helpline anytime on 0781 063 7767. This service is primarily for mothers with babies upto six weeks old.
Your call will be answered the Infant Feeding Advisor if she is available. Otherwise you will be given information on how to contact the maternity unit. You can also text 0781 063 7767 if your enquiry is not urgent and the Infant Feeding Advisor will get back to you.
If your baby is older than six weeks or you would prefer to be seen at home, contact the Breastfeeding Support Coordinator (see above for contact details).