Health Visiting: Infant Feeding
Who is the service for?
We provide feeding support right through from pregnancy to children aged five.
We support all parents, carers, infants and children, however you are feeding your baby or child, and whatever your circumstances. We provide practical and emotional support to help you reach your feeding goals.
What we do
Our UNICEF baby friendly accredited health visiting services strive to offer you the support you need to have a successful and enjoyable experience feeding your baby.
There is a range of help available including group-based and specialist one-to-one assessment and support. If you speak with a health visitor they can discuss your needs, the options available and agree the right approach for you.
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Provides evidence-based and non-biased information about formula milk. This website also has information about starting solids and nutritional health for parents during pregnancy and postnatally.
provides excellent information about taking medications, non-prescription drugs and medical treatments and their safety while breastfeeding. They also have a service where you can chat with an online breastfeeding counsellor on their website.
Information and signposting
You can find more information and support from these infant feeding support groups in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Parents are warmly encouraged to go along to the groups to get support and encouragement from other parents, trained staff and volunteers.
The Bristol City Council website has details of all the breastfeeding support groups across the city and the Bristol Breastfeeding Welcome scheme. The page also has links to helpful websites and services in Bristol which provide breastfeeding support for anyone who does not speak English as their first language.
Our Health Visiting page has details of all the Baby Hubs and Breastfeeding groups across South Gloucestershire.
The North Somerset Council website has details of all the breastfeeding support groups across the area and the North Somerset Breastfeeding Welcome scheme.
Information on how to get help from a health visitor is available on our Health Visiting page.
The National Breastfeeding Helpline number is 0300 100 0212 and is open 9.30am-9.30pm every day.
Getting more help (more extensive goal-based help)
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Referrals for support for more complex and/or persistent infant feeding issues can be made to the specialist Infant Feeding Teams using the following email addresses:
South Glos Infant Feeding Team: email@example.com
Bristol Infant Feeding Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Somerset Infant Feeding Team: email@example.com