Accessibility tools

Infant feeding (inc breastfeeding)

 We offer virtual and face-to-face breastfeeding support groups as well as:

Our virtual breastfeeding support group takes place every Friday from 10.00am to 11.00am.

Please join through this Microsoft Teams link.

Face-to-face breastfeeding support groups take place across Surrey - please see the map at the bottom of this page to find your local group. 

Feedback from mothers:

"I find this virtual meeting extremely helpful for a mum with little spare time... the knowledge and professionalism from the health visitor is invaluable. She even followed up from our call with more information to help me and my issue."

"Excellent session, they made me feel very supportive."

"The team at cafe milk made me feel so welcome and helped me with how to position my baby which had made all the difference. It was great to meet other mums."

At around 28 weeks pregnant, you will be invited to meet the health visiting team at an antenatal session covering:

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Colostrum collecting

Your midwife may have suggested you collect colostrum whilst pregnant. You can speak to your midwife about how to access the colostrum collecting syringes/kit.

Watch this video to find out more about collecting colostrum.

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.

She will talk to you about how to hold your baby to feed and about laid-back feeding which allows baby to use his natural reflexes.

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'. Your baby will love to be close to you and that’s good for their brain development.

You will receive information about:

If you are giving your baby a bottle feed:

For further information about the cost and composition of infant formulas visit First Steps Nutrition.

When your baby is around six months old, you can start to introduce family foods. Visit our Introducing Family Foods page for advice.

Talk to your health visitor or community nursery nurse to book an Introducing Family Foods face-to-face or virtual workshop in your area.

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