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Families and Babies Service breastfeeding groups

We have been asked to share the following information from our partners at the FAB (Families and Babies) Service.

As a large proportion of our staff are now in social isolation or have children in isolation we have limited capacity for community working and based on the Government’s advice to socially distance if at all possible, Families and Babies Infant Feeding Support (FAB) Lancashire are making the difficult decision that from the close of business on Monday 23rd March we are temporarily unable to offer face to face support to mothers; this includes both hospital bedside and home visit support.
All mothers who are currently breastfeeding, would like to breastfeed or need other feeding help will still be able to easily access, friendly, evidence based peer support and information through a variety of means as follows:
·         Video calls via WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom and Messenger,
·         telephone
·         email
·         text/SMS
·         online via Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/FABLancsBFSupport/ 
We are adapting our service to meet the needs of mothers as much as possible (and may change and this will also include supporting those mothers that fall within the BwD, Blackpool and even South Cumbria footprint in the same way as Lancashire living mums. 
Video calls will be allocated to the local peer supporter by FAB admin, following the initial call/triage call.  Any mums requiring referrals on for challenges outside the boundaries of peer support will be done so in the usual way.
Our infant feeding support helpline will run as normal every day from 9.30am – 2.30pm on 01254 772929.
We would like to thank all health care professionals for their incredible front-line work and invite you to continue to refer mums in to our service for additional support by calling the helpline above or by emailing our NHS referral account katie.mcwalters@nhs.net
Please take care and stay well!
For further information please call Katie, Branch Manager on 07816 164466.

Baby Friendly Initiative statement on infant feeding during COVID-19 outbreak

 

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