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Pregnancy and new parents

​Being pregnant and preparing to welcome your new baby into the world can be an exciting time, but often, new parents can have questions about what it’s going to be like and how best to care for their baby. 

On this page you can find information about the antenatal education course: ‘Preparation for Birth and Beyond’ and breastfeeding groups and support in Leeds.


Click to expandBreastfeeding

We know that breastfeeding gives your baby the best possible start and offers health benefits to mums and babies, so we want to make sure you are supported to start breastfeeding and continue for as long as you want to.

The information on this page is designed to signpost you to information and support for breastfeeding. Don’t forget, your midwife or health visitor are available to support you with breastfeeding and there are many groups and clinics in Leeds where you can get support too​​.

You can contact the national breastfeeding helpline on 0300 1000212.

Leeds City Council has an infant feeding policy to ensure any mother who chooses to breastfeed feels confident, comfortable and supported to do so – whether living, working or visiting in Leeds. The policy is available in the Documents section of this page.​

Click to expandBreastfeeding groups and support in Leeds

There are lots of breastfeeding support groups available in Leeds these are called Baby Cafés, Peer Support Groups and Breastfeeding Support Groups. Support groups are a good way to talk to trained professionals about breastfeeding and to meet other breastfeeding mums.

What is a Baby café?
These groups always have a trained Health Professional present to offer support and suggestions. Feel free to come for a drink and to meet other breastfeeding mums.

What is a Peer Support Group?
These groups are run by trained breastfeeding peer supporters. Peer supporters are mothers who have themselves breastfed and have undertaken a training course. They are not able to give specific advice but can offer suggestions and sign-post to the most appropriate and timely help. Any breastfeeding mum is welcome!

What is a Breastfeeding Support Group?
These groups are all run slightly differently, although all group leaders undertake breastfeeding training so that they can offer specific support. These groups are open to all breastfeeding mums.
To find out where your local breastfeeding support group is, please see the documents section on this page

Click to expandPreparation for Birth and Beyond

Preparation for Birth and Beyond (PBB) is Leeds’ antenatal education course. It has been designed to support parents-to-be during pregnancy and the early days of their baby’s lives.

The programme involves six sessions before the birth and one after the baby is born. The course is delivered in local children’s centres so that parents have a chance to find out about local services and groups before their baby is born and to meet other parents who live in their area.

Themes for sessions:
Our developing baby
Changes for me and us
Giving birth and meeting our baby
Caring for our baby
Our health and well-being
People who are there for us

Find out more about the course and how you can get involved from the Documents section on this page.

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