The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM) is a voluntary organisation founded in 1979 by a group of mothers experienced in breastfeeding counselling. Charity status was awarded in 1980 and we continue to grow steadily throughout the UK.
We’re a charity run by mums for mums. We have no grants, no paid executives, no offices, no unnecessary overheads. We keep admin costs to a minimum so we can concentrate on helping breastfeeding mums.
ABM members are mainly mothers who are breastfeeding or have breastfed their children in the past. Some breastfed easily without problems and some have experienced varying degrees of difficulty. Other members include supportive health professionals such as midwives, health visitors, lactation consultants and GPs.
“It is our aim to promote the physical and psychological health of mothers and children through education in the techniques of breastfeeding and to advance the education of the public, especially those persons concerned with the care of children on the health benefits of breastfeeding, both immediate and long term” (extract from our constitution).
*Our Registered Charity No is: 280537
How can we help you?
We operate a voluntary telephone helpline for any mother who needs to speak to a trained breastfeeding counsellor. We also offer counselling by email, although urgent counselling is best done by telephone.
Our comprehensive website offers up to date breastfeeding information, new research as it becomes available, details of breastfeeding support groups throughout the UK and links to other useful sites. You can apply for membership and order publications. Our booklist points you to the best titles on breastfeeding.
Our resources department supplies information on breastfeeding-related topics including leaflets, posters, contact cards, ‘tummy bags’ and more.
We train our counsellors to the highest standards possible so we can offer up to date, accurate evidence-based breastfeeding information. We offer five training courses: ABM Mother Supporter training (online module); ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor training (a further eight modules by email); Foundation Breastfeeding Training (online module); ABM Advanced Breastfeeding training (a further eight modules by email); Partner module (online module). Full breastfeeding counsellor training takes approximately two years to complete and counsellors have regular supervision. Our counsellors update their knowledge regularly. For more information about our training click here.
A breastfeeding support group is a great service in a local area and we’re pleased to feature details of any support groups on our website. Please help us to keep the info up to date. We can offer advice to anyone wishing to set up a support group of their own but you can always visit our Starting a breastfeeding support group page for more information and ideas.
The ABM attends promotional events. We hold an annual conference and are represented on most major working groups and committees advising the government on other interested bodies on breastfeeding-related matters.
All members share an interest in breastfeeding, and supporting mums who breastfeed their babies. You don’t have to be a mother to join and, if you are, you don’t need to have breastfed your baby. Expectant mothers are especially welcome, and may find membership helpful as they progress through their pregnancy.
What are the benefits of membership?
Your subscription helps us to support others by funding our helpline, producing up to date information, training counsellors and campaigning to change legislation to support breastfeeding mothers. You’ll receive a full set of our leaflets and our colourful magazine three times a year bursting with articles on breastfeeding, mums’ experiences, research and other interesting topics. We also produce a regular e-Newsletter to keep in touch with members between magazines. Members have a discount on publications from Class Learning and Pinter & Martin.
When you join the ABM you will receive a welcome pack of ABM leaflets with something for everyone: new mums, experienced breastfeeders and health professionals, plus our most recent magazine.
Please remember that you can always buy a Gift Membership for a friend or relative. Ask for more details.
We work hard to ensure that good, accurate information on breastfeeding is available to all those who require it and to offer support to breastfeeding mothers in need. We need your support to help us continue this valuable work, so please consider helping us by joining the Association or making a donation. To join the ABM you can do it via our website or by filling the application form on the leaflet below.
Download this page as a leaflet (which includes the membership application form) by clicking on the link below:
Alternatively, you can obtain this information as a paper leaflet (free of charge) from this page.