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I need advice on breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has benefits for you and your baby.

Babies who breastfeed are less likely to get:

Breastfeeding lowers your risk of:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity

The more you breastfeed, the greater the benefits. Formula milk doesn’t give the same protection from illness and won’t give you any health benefits. Giving nothing but breast milk is recommended for about the first 6 months (26 weeks) of your baby’s life.

After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside solid foods for as long as you and your baby want will help them grow and develop healthily.

It’s useful for you, your partner and other people that support you to find out as much as they can about breastfeeding, before your baby is born. This will help you to know what to expect, how to troubleshoot common issues and help those around you to provide support and encouragement.

If you’ve got a baby on the way or a child under 4, Blackpool Better Start is here for you.


Baby-friendly premises in Blackpool

Breastfeeding in public can seem daunting, especially in the early days and weeks, whilst you and your baby are still getting the hang of things.

Many Blackpool food premises have signed-up to the Junior Healthier Choices Award, which enable people who wish to breastfeed in Blackpool do so in comfort and confidence. Premises will display the Junior Healthier Choices Award logo

Junior Healthier Choices Award logo

It’s against the law for anyone to ask someone breastfeeding their baby to leave a public space, like a café, shop or public transport.


STI Symptom Checker

  • Unusual discharge
  • Pain, burning or increase in weeing
  • Rashes, lumps or blisters
  • Stinging, itching or tingling
  • Pain and/or bleeding during sex
  • Bleeding after sex

  • Pain in the testicles (balls)
  • Pain or tenderness in the lower tummy
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Strong, unpleasant smell from the vagina after sex
  • Painful swelling of penis, testicles or foreskin
  • Brown eggs on pubic or other body hair
  • No Symptoms

Get tested if you have any of these symptoms, a sexual partner has symptoms or you’re worried after having sex without a condom. Many STIs have no symptoms at all, like HIV. The only way to know for sure is to get tested.