Breastfeeding Support

The BCT supports women whatever feeding choice they make for their baby and we have teams of experienced volunteers on hand to provide impartial information and support.


Who we are

The BCT Breastfeeding Counsellors are a small team of volunteers who have all breastfed their own babies for at least six months. We have been trained by the BCT to give informed mother-to-mother support, although we are not professional counsellors or medically qualified.

What we do

We offer free information and support to all members via telephone and email and can also visit new mums at home or in hospital.

We can help with common feeding-related problems, whether it’s your first baby or your fourth, and we offer support at any stage – both during the first few days and much later on when you may have questions about weaning, going back to work or stopping breastfeeding.

How we work

Members can contact any one of the Breastfeeding Counsellors at any time. Our contact details are also published in every issue of Small Talk magazine.

We liaise closely with the BCT’s other postnatal support services (such as the Early Days Support and the Bottlefeeding Support teams) to ensure you get the help and information you need. We can also provide details of lactation consultants and registered midwives if you would like professional medical support.

Want to join the team?

Volunteering as a BCT Breastfeeding Counsellor is a very rewarding experience. Not only will you have the pleasure of directly helping other parents at one of life’s most challenging and exciting times, you will also join a team of caring and committed mums and can make some great new friends in the process.

If you are a member with a little time to spare, please contact us to find out more.

Thank you very much for your support and for your quick reply; it helped me very much when I had to start the weaning. In the end it went smoother than I ever imagined, with very little crying, no sleep difficulties.
— AH

Contact us

This is one of the BCT's core services that is only available to members. Contact details for this service are available in our members' zone.

You are not a member yet but would like to find out more about this service? Don't hesitate to contact our information team at or the postnatal services coordinator at