Feeding your baby
Your Health Visiting team is trained to help and support you with breastfeeding / feeding your baby.
We are Unicef Baby Friendly accredited.
We offer a face to face new birth visit, virtual breastfeeding support groups, a Surrey-wide 0-19 Advice Line and a specialist breastfeeding support service if required. We also offer virtual 'Introducing Family Foods' workshops.
Child health drop-ins, breastfeeding support groups and other group activities are not currently taking place due to Covid-19. You can read more on our Covid-19 update page.
You can talk to your health visitor about all aspects of caring for and developing a relationship with your baby, feeding your baby including the benefits of breastfeeding.
This will provide you with information to support you to make an informed decision and get breastfeeding off to a good start and help them transition from ‘womb to world'.
Watch this informative video about baby brain development, crying and postnatal wellbeing.
After your baby is born you will be encouraged to hold your baby skin to skin for as long as you like and until they receive their first feed.
Your midwife will offer to show you how to express your milk by hand. You will receive information about the support available for breastfeeding once you leave hospital.
For further information about infant formulas visit First Steps Nutrition.
At the new birth visit your health visitor will ask if you are happy with your baby’s feeding and complete a breastfeeding assessment with you so that you feel confident that breastfeeding is going well.
Your health visitor can talk to you about how your baby attaches to the breast so that feeding is not painful:
Your health visitor will talk to you about the importance of developing a close and loving relationship with your baby and what you can do to help 'build a happy baby'. You baby will love to be close to you and that’s good for their brain development.
You will receive information about:
When your baby is around six months old, you can start to introduce family foods. Visit our Introducing Family Foods page for top tips.
Talk to your health visitor or community nursery nurse about how to access Introducing Family Foods virtual workshops in your area.
For example, for developmental paediatrics or therapy services. Contact the One Stop referral centre (tel: 0300 222 5755, Option 2)
Your GP will need to make a referral. Visit the Developmental Paediatrics page for more information about these services in Surrey.
Your GP needs to refer your child via CAMHS
Contact the Audiology service
If your query is not covered by the routes above, please use the form below to contact us. Your query will be passed to the relevant team who will aim to respond within seven working days.