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Breastfeeding Support in Doncaster: Useful Information

Breastfeeding support is available from trained volunteers from our local midwifery or health visiting team, who can offer you a range of support including advice on positioning, attachment, hand expressing and assisting you and your family to continue to breastfeed for as long as planned.

Doncaster’s Breast Start Groups and First Friends Groups offer mums and mum’s to be a strong support network in an informal, relaxed, friendly environment.

A 24/7 breastfeeding friend from Start4Life is now available on a number of platforms including Amazon Alexa and Facebook Messenger to support breastfeeding mums in Doncaster.

More information:

The Baby Friendly Initiative 

La Leche League GB 


Breastfeeding out and about in Doncaster

We Support Our Mums is the new Doncaster breastfeeding welcome scheme that is launching soon! It supports mums who are breastfeeding their babies and it aims to make it easier for breastfeeding mums to recognise where they will be welcomed to breastfeed their babies whilst out and about in Doncaster.



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Light Pre and Postnatal Support Doncaster

Light Pre and Postnatal Support Doncaster (formerly Doncaster Pandas) support groups are informal, relaxed and geared towards building a support network.

Whether trying for a baby, embarking on IVF, recovering from a recent miscarriage or have a newborn, entering the stage of ‘motherhood’ can be both beautiful and mentally testing. The transition into the role of ‘mother’ can be stressful and there may be times when you just want to give up.

Come along, hang out, grab a drink and we can chat about The Game of Thrones, Digestives v Hobnobs or what on earth the Teletubbies are on about – and when you want to talk about your mental health, you know you’re talking to someone who’ll listen and say those magic words ‘I’ve been there’.

Groups run on Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm (please check the dates on their facebook page as they run every couple of weeks – not every week) – Rossington Family Hub, Rossington Children’s Centre, Grantham Street, Rossington, DN11 0TA.

For more information about Light, visit their website

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The Children’s Sleep Charity

The Children’s Sleep Charity are commissioned by Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group to provide a sleep service for families of children age 12 months upwards in the town.  Families can self refer to the service by telephoning, emailing or texting our Sleep Practitioners.  They will get back to you as soon as possible and arrange an appointment at one of our clinics.

The clinics run throughout Doncaster and appointments last around one hour.  The Sleep Practitioner will work with you to assess your child’s sleep issue and to identify possible strategies to try at home.  Your child does not need to attend the appointment although older children may wish to attend and speak with one of the practitioners.

The Children’s Sleep Charity work supportively alongside the families to design a programme to follow that suits their needs and parenting styles.  The practitioners understand how difficult it can be when you are sleep deprived, you will receive a warm welcome from them.

To find out more about the charity log onto the website at Email Claire or Carol the practitioners who run the Doncaster service on or contact them by text or leaving a message on 07912 667676

Play Dough Recipe

Play Dough Recipe

This is an excellent play dough recipe which is fun to make and never fails to provide amusement on a rainy afternoon!

You will need:

1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
½ cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water with food colouring added
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional but it makes the play dough smell nice!)

Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan, and stir over a medium heat until the dough forms into a ball. Allow to cool, and then knead until smooth. 

Store in an airtight container (a Ziploc bag with the air pressed out is good).

NB: We have been advised that homemade play dough can be a potential danger to household pets and must be kept safely out of their reach at all times.

121 parenting – Childrens Sleep consultant

Qualified sleep practitioner and nursery nurse with over 20 years experience of working with families. One to One support with home visits or by telephone.

Contact Carol, 07588 625390

Julie Marshall Counselling & Psychotherapy

Do you want to make sense of your life? Do you feel stressed or struggle with depression or anxiety? Then counselling may help. Julie Marshall is a qualified Psychotherapist in Doncaster (Cantley). Evening and weekend appointments are available in a quiet and safe environment.

Sessions £40 per hour (concessions for low income and students)

Contact Julie on 07496 668643

Salt Dough

300g plain flour, 300g salt, 200ml water and a tsp of oil

Cut out shapes and bake for 20mins on 180°