Most breastfeeding problems can be solved with a little patience, support and reassurance. However, we know that some people may need more intensive or specialist support to help them in their breastfeeding journey. If this applies to you, your midwife, health visitor or another health professional (such as your GP) can refer you into our specialist service, using the form on this page.
What happens next?
Once we receive a referral you will be contacted as soon as possible. You might be seen by one of our specialist infant feeding leads (health visitors who have extensive experience in helping people to breastfeed), or if you need one, to a qualified ‘lactation consultant’.
Lactation consultants are highly trained and qualified specialists who can support mothers with complex breastfeeding needs, including assessing babies with a suspected tongue-tie.
If you are breastfeeding and think you need support, please contact our health visiting duty line where one of our friendly health visitors will be able to help you get the support you need.
You can find their contact details in your red book or on our health visiting page.
For support out of hours, you can contact:
National Breastfeeding Helpline
0300 100 0212
9.30am to 9.30pm every day of the year
You can also find out more about breastfeeding and support available to you on NHS Choices.