Help in a crisis and visiting information during the COVID-19 pandemic
During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.
Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.
Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.
If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis
For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111
Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.
Breastfeeding and infant feeding support
The Healthy Family Team offers antenatal and postnatal breastfeeding support to mums and mums-to-be. This can be in the home, health centres or in children's centres. There are also Volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Supporters who help to run the breastfeeding groups within children’s centres as well as offering information and support to mums-to-be in the antenatal period. We want mums to have a really positive start in their breastfeeding journey. The aim is to promote the health benefits of breastfeeding for mum and baby and to enable breastfeeding to get off to a good start. We support mums to breastfeed for as long as they wish to.
Breastfeeding is more than just a valuable food. Responding to your baby's need for love, comfort and food helps their brain to develop and make healthy connections. Babies need to feel safe and loved.
Before your baby is born, we will support you in small group or one-to-one discussions. After your baby is born, we can visit you at home or see you at a breastfeeding group or community venue. We will answer your questions, resolve difficulties you may be experiencing or just talk about how your baby's needs will change. There are also two Infant Feeding Advisors who can support those who require additional advice or support. Referral to this service is through your health professional (GP, Healthy Family Team or Midwife) or children’s centre.
For more information about breastfeeding, including breastfeeding friendly places in Nottinghamshire, have a look at the breastfeeding useful information page.
Accessing our service
This service is available to all mums and mums-to-be. Referral can be via midwife, health visitor, children's centres or self-referral by mums to the Healthy Family Team on the advice lines listed under the Health Professional section. We're available Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, excluding bank holidays.
Information for health processionals
Each Healthy Family Team will be able to offer support and advice on breastfeeding. If the named practitioner is not known please contact the relevant advice line below, for the district the child resides in. Your local Children's Centre service can also provide breastfeeding support and usually run a weekly BABES – breastfeeding support group. Specialist breastfeeding support can be found at the weekly breastfeeding clinics held across the county, and referral is via the Healthy Family Team.
If more specialist or complex advice is needed please contact the Infant Feeding Lead for the appropriate area:
Theresa Drozdowska, Infant Feeding Lead for Mansfield and Ashfield, Gedling, Rushcliffe and Broxtowe
Alison Jee, Infant Feeding Lead for Newark and Sherwood and Bassetlaw
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