Our Story

GBSN was co-founded in 2002 by Elizabeth Mayo, Christine Mitchell and Sally Nutt.

Our breastfeeding groups started in 2002, by building a team of qualified Breastfeeding Counsellors and our valued Peer Supporter network – who have been and remain an integral part of the GBSN make up.

The official charity was formed in 2007.

Since then, we have grown into a network of seven support groups across Gloucestershire county, offer 1:1 video calls and facilitate Preparation for Breastfeeding workshops. We also run training sessions for our Peer Supporters and volunteers.

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A mother nurturing her baby with love, breastfeeding in a serene white room.

GBSN operates under a person-centred model. We work alongside families, listening and supporting their goals. We offer the support required to help you feel empowered to make informed decisions. 

The philosophy of GBSN is to respond to the needs of each particular community, to respect each person’s experience, to nurture, to help develop innate strengths and abilities for supporting mothers achieve their unique feeding goals.

Breastfeeding looks different to each family. Whatever your journey - you’re both respected and welcome here at GBSN.

Fundamental to our mission are our dedicated GBSN volunteer Peer Supporters. Each is a local mother who has breastfed at least one baby, for at least six months.
Our qualified Breastfeeding Counsellors guide our volunteers through our bespoke training programme so that they have the special skills needed to support families just like yours. The Peer Supporters are there to listen, share information and help with attachment and positioning.

How can we help you?

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Attend a Breastfeeding Support Group

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Receive Help and Support by Video Call

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Prepare for Your Breastfeeding Journey