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 before they leave the maternity unit. If you do not have a copy, or if you did not have your baby in the Victoria Hospital, you can find a copy in your Maternity Notes App. You can also get a copy from your midwife, health visitor or family nurse.

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 by sending an email.

Local breastfeeding support groups

These groups run throughout Fife. They can provide breastfeeding support in an informal environment. They provide mum-to-mum support and can help with breastfeeding difficulties, but you do not need to have a problem to come along. Most groups are facilitated by a health professional but some are run by voluntary organisations or by mums themselves.

You can also find details about breastfeeding groups in Fife (and other areas) on the parentclub.scot website.

NHS Fife breastfeeding helpline

This service is primarily for mothers with babies up to six weeks old.

Your call will be answered the infant feeding adviser when 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 adviser will get back to you.

Specialist breastfeeding support (in hospital)

Specialist help with breastfeeding for mums with babies up to six weeks old is available from the infant feeding adviser within the Maternity Unit at the Victoria Hospital. Phone 07810 637767 to discuss your concerns or arrange an appointment.

Sometimes breastfeeding mums and babies need a longer assessment than your midwife can provide at home. In these circumstances you may be offered an appointment to see the infant feeding adviser at the Victoria Hospital.

If your baby is older than six weeks or you would prefer to be seen at home, contact the breastfeeding support workers on 01383 565331 or send an email.

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Breastfeeding support coordinator

We are very lucky to have a dedicated breastfeeding coordinator who offers specialist breastfeeding support for mums with babies off any age. This support can be by telephone, email or at home.

Breastfeeding support coordinator

Louise Moncrieff
Tel: 01383 565331 Mobile: 07748704901
Email: [email protected]

Breast pumps

Maternity services and the neonatal unit have a small number of pumps for short loan to enable lactation initiation.

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 breast milk 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.

Voluntary groups and other national support organisations

A number of voluntary organisations offer telephone helpline and breastfeeding counselling services.

National Helpline / Breastfeeding Network
0300 100 0212

The Parent Club

National Childbirth Trust
0300 330 0700

La Leche League

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
0300 330 5453

The Baby Friendly Initiative