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
How to refer someone to this service
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 clinic held in Ashfield Community Hospital in Kirkby.
If more specialist or complex advice is needed please contact the Lead Infant Feeding Clinician.
Theresa Drozdowska, Lead Clinician
Tel: 01623 420692
Service commissioned by
Public Health, Local Authority