Our breastfeeding support service provides mothers with information on breastfeeding, delivered by our Health Visiting team who are all breastfeeding trained under the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. You can access the Health Visiting service via the Wandsworth Well baby and Child Clinics.
Infant feeding in Wandsworth
Our breastfeeding support service is available for all mothers that live in Wandsworth. We can provide support and information to mothers following the birth of your baby. 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.
Please note that these groups do not run on bank holidays. Smallwood Childrens Centre is closed from 21 December and will reopen on 8 January. For support or to find out what clinics are running during this time please call the Health Visitor Duty Line on 0330 058 1679.
Health Visiting Community Breastfeeding support
Your Health Visiting Team are offering a Duty Advice Line: Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm you can also get support at your local Well Baby Clinic (see details below).
- Call on 0330 058 1679
- Email the Admin Team: email@example.com
- Watch the antenatal film: https://clch.nhs.uk/services/new-baby-and-parent-resources
Breastfeeding Support Groups
Breastfeeding support groups offer a welcoming space to seek support and guidance with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding support groups are available at the following centres:
- York Gardens Children Centre, SW11 2UG
- Mondays: 1:30pm - 3pm (Drop-in)
- Centre contact number: 020 7738 0889
- Eastwood Children’s Centre, SW15 4HR
- Tuesdays: 9:30-11.30am (Drop-in)
- Smallwood Children's Centre, SW17 0TN
- Fridays: 1pm - 2:30pm (Drop in)
Specialist Feeding Clinic
For specialist feeding support, our Health Visiting Team can refer you to the Infant Feeding Lead where necessary. Here you will be seen by the Infant Feeding Lead. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Eastwood Children’s Centre, SW15 4HR
- Tuesdays: (Appointment needed)
(The clinic dates and times may change, so please always check before attending).
- St Georges Hospital
o If your baby was born at St Georges Hospital you can access their breastfeeding clinic.
o The clinics are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
o Telephone: 020 8725 0199
o Email: email@example.com
- Chelsea and Westminster
- Kingston Hospital
o If your baby was born at Kingston Hospital and you live in the Wandsworth area, you can access their breastfeeding support.
o Open on Fridays: 1pm - 3pm
o Location: Cornerstone Church, 234a Canbury Park Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 6LF
o Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact your health visitor for further information.
Please note that these clinics/groups do not run on bank holidays. For support or to find out what clinics are running during this time please call the Health Visitor Duty Line on 0330 058 1679.
Clinics are an opportunity for parents and carers to weight their baby and speak with a member of the Health Visiting Team about any concerns. Clinics run on a drop in basis, no appointment is needed.
- Yvonne Carr Children's Centre Monday 9:30-11:30
- Putneymead Group Monday 9:30-11:30
- Eastwood Children's Centre Tuesday 9:30-11:30
- Westhill in the Park Children's Centre Tuesday 14:00-16:00
- Smallwood Children's Centre Tuesday 9:30-11:00
- Putneymead Group Wednesday 13:30-15:00
- Grayswood GP Practice Wednesday 9:30-11:30
- York Gardens Children's Centre Thursday 9:30-11:30
- Faylands Children's Centre Thursday 13:30-15:30
Breastfeeding Drop-in Clinics:
Children's Centres provide a welcoming space where you and your child aged 0 - 5 years old can have fun and learn. Please click here to see what sessions are available near you.
A health visitor will visit you at home between 10-14 days 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. They will also complete a breastfeeding assessment form with you, a copy of which can be found here.
- NCT Helpline: 0300 330 0771, 8:00am to Midnight
- National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212 from 09:30am to 09:30pm
- La Leche League: 0345 120 2918, 24-hour Helpline
- Breastfeeding Assessment and Responsive Breastfeeding
- The importance of skin to skin
- Medications and breastfeeding:
- Videos on breastfeeding
- UNICEF - Infant formula and responsive bottle feeding:
- New baby and parent resources
- Overcoming breastfeeding problems
- UNICEF Illustrated infosheets and guidance in additional languages (دیگر زبانوں میں رہنمائی / wskazówki w innych językach)
- Feeding your baby when out and about
- Returning to work
- Responsive bottle feeding
- Returning to full breastfeeding
- Caring for your baby at night
- Supporting breastfeeding grief and trauma
- Love me, grow my brain
- Healthier Together
Introducing solid foods to your baby can be an exciting but also daunting time. Your health visiting team is available to help you with advice and discuss any concerns you may have.
For health reasons, we recommend that babies are fed solely on breast milk or infant formula for the first six months.
Here are some helpful resources to support you and your baby with introduction to solid foods.
Safer sleep for babies resources:
You can download the Basis app where you can find further information on safe sleeping practices for you and your baby.
You can also download The Baby Check app by The Lullaby Trust which features 19 simple checks that parents can do if their baby is showing signs of illness and further information regarding safer sleeping practices.
CLCH have produced a video about normal sleep and how to promote sleep in the antenatal period as well as the postnatal period, up to the first six months.