Support with feeding is offered by all members of the Health visiting team at the new birth visit and any follow up contacts at home or in the child health clinic.
Health Visitors, community nurses and nursery nurses undertake the UNICEF Baby friendly Initiative Breastfeeding training and can provide mothers and families with information and practical support to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals. Specialist breastfeeding support is offered at baby cafés which are drop in sessions based in children's centres and run by a member of the health visiting team who has had additional experience and breastfeeding training.
We also support parents who are formula feeding their babies by providing information on choosing milks and making up feeds, and helping them to feed safely and responsively.
We support all mothers living in the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster, whether they are breastfeeding, mixed feeding or formula feeding.
You can contact your health visiting team 0208 200 2500 press option 2
Your health visitor will be able to signpost you to baby clinics and breastfeeding support groups in your area
Check www.the babycafe.org for opening times of CLCH baby cafes as these session may run term time only
Breastfeeding support is offered at baby cafés. These are drop in session run collaboratively at a children's centre with a health visitor / child and family health advisor, a member of the midwifery team and children's centre staff who have additional training and experience supporting breastfeeding mothers.
These groups are not run on bank holidays
12.45 - 14.30
Fulham Central Children Centre Shottendane Rd Fulham
Portman Children’s Centre, 4 Lilestone St, Marylebone, NW8 8SU
A health visitor will visit you at home between day 10-14 following the birth of your baby. Sometimes additional visits may be offered if required. A further contact will be arranged when your baby is 6 weeks old.
The health visitor will let you know about the child health clinics, breastfeeding support groups and children's centres activities and other baby groups and sessions in your area
Our specialist support is offered in the baby cafes
NCT Helpline: 0300 330 0771 8AM-Midnight
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212 from 09:30AM-09:30PM
La Leche League: 0345 120 2918 24-hour Helpline
Breastfeeding and expressing: https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/off-to-the-best-start/
Global health media films on all aspects of breastfeeding (available in different languages): https://globalhealthmedia.org/videos/breastfeeding/
Hand expression & positioning & attachment & maximising breastmilk films: https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/
Infant formula and responsive bottle feeding: https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/bottle-feeding-resources/infant-formula-responsive-bottle-feeding-guide-for-parents/
UNICEF breast feeding & bottle feeding guides in other languages: https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/foreign-language-resources/
New baby and parent resources