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Health Visiting: Infant Feeding

Health Visiting: Infant Feeding

SERVICES

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.

Resources

Click on a link below to view a list of resources for the following subjects:

Breastfeeding in Bristol

Local and online support groups and resources, helplines, the Bristol Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.

Breastfeeding in South Gloucestershire

Details of breastfeeding support groups in South Gloucestershire.

Breastfeeding in North Somerset

Details of breastfeeding support groups in North Somerset.

First Steps Nutrition

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.

The Breastfeeding Network

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.

Basis (the Baby Sleep Information Source)

provides access to evidence about biologically normal infant sleep which influences their feeding patterns.

Safe use of baby slings’

Information about how to carry your baby safely in a sling or carrier.

Related services

The following services may be of interest:

Woman breastfeeding at home.

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.

Bristol

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.

South Gloucestershire

Our Health Visiting page has details of all the Baby Hubs and Breastfeeding groups across South Gloucestershire.

North Somerset

The North Somerset Council website has details of all the breastfeeding support groups across the area and the North Somerset Breastfeeding Welcome scheme.

Useful information

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 help

You can get a referral to the specialist infant feeding team through the Health Visiting Service or through talking to staff or volunteers at the baby hubs and breastfeeding groups.

Getting more help (more extensive goal-based help)

You can get a referral to the specialist infant feeding team through the Health Visiting Service or through talking to staff or volunteers at the baby hubs and breastfeeding groups.

I am a professional...

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: sirona.southglosinfantfeeding@nhs.net

Bristol Infant Feeding Team: sirona.bristolinfantfeeding@nhs.net

North Somerset Infant Feeding Team: sirona.northsominfantfeeding@nhs.net

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