Infant Feeding Support Service (Islington)

Main Address

  • Infant Team Office
    Whittington Health NHS in Islington
    Bingfield Primary Care Centre
    8 Bingfield Street
    London
  • N1 0AL
  • 020 3316 8439

Hours

  • Monday to Friday
    9am to 5pm
We provide information and support for mothers to breastfeed their children successfully. Local mums who have breastfed their own children are trained by the Breastfeeding Network to provide this help in breastfeeding drop-in groups, on the postnatal wards of the Whittington and UCLH hospitals, in baby clinics and other groups, over the phone and through home visits.

Appointments

Drop-ins are open to all without an appointment

Referral

Mums can contact us directly or can be referred by any health or children’s centre staff professional

Contact

Peer support coordinator (020 3316 8439) or infant feeding coordinator (020 3316 8441)

Out of Hours

0300 100 0212 - The National Breastfeeding Helpline (9.30am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week)

Useful resources

NHS Islington produces a range of information leaflets based on up-to-date evidence. The leaflets reflect the changes over recent years in guidance on breastfeeding and weaning, and explain why the recommendations have been changed.

Some parenting books, magazines and websites may not be evidence-based or may offer out-of-date recommendations. The leaflets on the right are free to download and offer a reliable source of information for parents.  For leaflets in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, French, Somali, Spanish and Turkish, please click here to go the Islington resources for parents page.
 
Islington also has a ‘Milk and More’ reference pack, containing key messages and information about feeding young children, putting together a healthy diet, preventing and managing fussy eating, and oral health. There is an accompanying recipe book.
 
The First Steps Nutrition Trust also has great information on feeding children including information about breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, starting on solids, and eating well for mums and older children.

The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative also has useful leaflets that can be downloaded:

• Off to the best start
 
 
 
 
 
• Breastfeeding and returning to work or study

Useful websites
• Positioning and attachment - Pregnancy and baby guide - NHS Choices

NHS Choices Pregnancy and Baby Care website – lots of information about looking after yourself and your baby, as well as opportunity to sign up for free pregnancy and baby emails

• Start4Life website – information about feeding young children & activities for them

• Breastfeeding Network (BfN) – breastfeeding charity who provide our mum-to-mum support and have a website with fact sheets on various topics
 

• Breastfeeding Network - information about medication and breastfeeding and much more
 
• Infant Sleep Information Service - website and app giving the latest evidence-based information about how babies sleep, safe sleep at night-time, using slings and other useful information.

Video clips of breastfeeding - From bump to breastfeeding follows seven mums from the UK through pregnancy to breastfeeding. It also has extra chapters on specifics topics like attaching the baby at the breast and starting on solids. This can be viewed in English, British Sign Language, Bengali, Somali, Polish and www.drjacknewman.com - a Canadian paediatrician with a website with some useful video clips showing good breastfeeding.  

Further Information

If you need further information or help with breastfeeding
It can take a little while in the early weeks for the baby to learn how to breastfeed effectively. Many mothers find some support with breastfeeding helpful. This can be at any time, from pregnancy and getting started, to your child’s final breastfeeds.

You can access breastfeeding support:
  • By talking to your midwife or health visitor who may either provide information and support themselves, or advise you about breastfeeding drop-in sessions or telephone support lines
  • By calling the breastfeeding peer support coordinator to talk over the phone or arrange some one-to-one mum-to-mum help – on 0203 316 8439.
  • By calling in at a breastfeeding drop in to talk to a peer supporter (see below for times and venues)
  • By attending a baby clinic where a peer supporter is present (not all clinics)
  • By calling one of the national support lines at the bottom of this page. Talking to a trained peer supporter can often help mothers breastfeed their baby comfortably and manage any difficulties they might encounter.