Who is Beside You

Beside You is here to help you make breastfeeding work for you and your baby.

Beside You has lots of practical information for all stages of your breastfeeding journey including what to expect during the early days and tips on feeding in public. We also list all local support available to you.

Our social media channels support and engage local families in the issues that matter to them.

We gather views from our local community through surveys and engagement on our social media channels. We also work closely with health professionals and voluntary groups, offering them a chance to share their experiences with local families and celebrate and support each other on their breastfeeding journeys.

We offer local businesses and organisations the opportunity to show their support with a Beside You window sticker, plus a breastfeeding friendly toolkit that details how they can support families at their venue.

Beside You was launched by Medway Council in 2016 to support and empower women to breastfeed for as long as they want to. In January 2020 Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) joined the campaign to support families in Kent.



It was wonderful seeing my newborn grow, knowing that’s from mummy’s milk, getting everything they need.


We've been on our breastfeeding journey for eight months now and still going strong. I have loved breastfeeding. I love the bonding and the closeness it brings with your baby. And for someone as unorganised and forgetful as me, his milk is always there and ready, plus I don't have to do any washing up!


I think it's so important to encourage and normalise breastfeeding, especially in public as its it's the most natural thing. I have only ever had positive comments from people.


Breastfeeding is by far the most difficult yet most rewarding thing I have ever accomplished in my life. I never knew how challenging it would be and how much I needed that bond with my baby, I feel so lucky.


I knew I wanted to breastfeed past babyhood. But no idea that my milk would be so much more than just nutrition for my babies. It’s comfort, connection, grounding. I haven’t enjoyed ever minute but my kids have, happy kids happy Mumma.


Breastfeeding my children has been the most amazing and empowering experience for me. It still blows my mind that I grow them not only in pregnancy, but through exclusively through breastfeeding for 6 months and beyond. Thank you Beside You for your support.


I love when I see the Beside You stickers in cafes, restaurants and other public buildings , I feel at ease feeding there knowing I am supported by the staff.


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