During these unprecedented times of Coronavirus, here at GBSN we have adapted so that we can continue to offer face to face support for your breastfeeding journey:
- Mums and Mums-to-be can book virtual face-to-facetime with one of our Breastfeeding Counsellors. These are free of charge and can be booked here. We have supported over 600 mums so far and we intend to keep running these support sessions alongside our groups.
- We continue our popular “Preparation for Breastfeeding” virtual workshops for expectant mothers and their support partners. More information here. We are delighted to announce that we have some funding to be able to offer these workshops FREE for a limited time. More dates will be released soon.
- We are delighted that our support groups continue to run, in venues that allow social distancing
GBSN groups are still open!
Why do we have “breastfeeding” support groups?
It is not always straightforward to breastfeed in our society and our groups are protected space for mothers who are breastfeeding or giving their baby breastmilk. It’s a safe place for these mothers to talk about real life, breastfeeding issues and so on.
We appreciate that walking into a group can feel very daunting. Maybe you’d like to bring someone with you? Or you are welcome to ask that we move chairs around to give you a quieter space. Maybe coming along before your baby arrives can give you more confidence about coming in. We are very friendly!
Each of our six groups has a qualified Breastfeeding Counsellor to speak to alongside the GBSN Peer Supporters.
We have a padlet that holds lots of breastfeeding information. You can access it here https://padlet.com/chair12/m1nu3l6337l6
Our Breastfeeding Counsellors are all self-employed and we continue to pay them on an “hours worked” basis. We will actually spend more on consultant time than usual, helping our much-loved professionals to maintain their income during these difficult times.
Thank you for your continuing support as we do our best to continue to provide free breastfeeding support to the amazing women of Gloucestershire.
If you are able to donate to help GBSN keep going, we would be more grateful now than ever before.