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-face time with one of our Breastfeeding Specialist Workers. These are free of charge and can be booked here. We have supported over 450 mums so far and we intend to keep running these support sessions alongside our groups.
We have started to meet up outdoors. Follow our GBSN facebook page and your local GBSN group. As groups are weather dependent, confirmation of running will be announced after 9am on the morning. Please bring a blanket/chair so that you can set up your socially distanced space. These groups are for ongoing and social support so please book a virtual face to face session if you’d like close up support. Mums-to-be are welcome too!
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.
Our Breastfeeding Specialist Workers 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 (remove *experts) to maintain their income during these difficult times. Although, just like our usual face-to-face groups, our virtual support is FREE, we are now losing on income as we usually collect donations at groups. If you are able to donate to help GBSN keep going, we would be more grateful now than ever before.
Thank you for your continuing support as we do our best to continue to provide free breastfeeding support to the amazing women of Gloucestershire.
We look forward to GBSN groups re-opening
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 friendly and you can see our photos on the groups pages so that you know who to look for.
Why do we have “breastfeeding” 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. Please feel free to bring a supporter with you.
Each of our seven groups has a qualified Breastfeeding Counsellor to speak to alongside the GBSN Peer Supporters.
Our friendly weekly groups offer you a chance to chat, ask questions, find out more and have someone watch your baby feed. Or you may just want to come along to sit and chat to others – you don’t have to have a problem to be able to come to a GBSN group!
You are welcome to bring along your partner, children, your mum – whoever is supporting you.
We have tea, cakes, toys, library books to borrow and some groups sell nursing bras.