Infant Feeding Support Service

Main Address

Hours

  • Monday to Friday
    9am to 5pm
Main Address

Haringey
Tynemouth Road Health Centre
24 Tynemouth Road
London N15 4RH
Tel: 020 3224 4377
Email: kate.leftley@nhs.net

Islington

Bingfield Primary Care Centre
8 Bingfield Street
London
N1 0AL
Tel: 020 3316 8439
Email: rosemarybrown1@nhs.net
 
We provide information and support to families in Haringey and Islington before and after they have had their baby. We can help you with breastfeeding, bottle - feeding, expressing and introducing solids.
 
Our team of health professionals and peer supporters can meet you at clinics or at one of the baby feeding drop-ins. The voluntary peer supporters are sometimes able to offer support with breastfeeding on the post natal wards.

Client Groups

  • Antenatal women
  • Parents to be
  • Breast feeding/bottle feeding parents and partners
  • Infants and families with children under 4 years old

Appointments

Drop-ins are open to all without an appointment

Referral

We encourage mothers to speak to their Health Visitor and attend the baby feeding drop in groups. Mums can contact us directly or can be referred by any health or children centre professional.

Out of Hours

0300 100 0212 - The National Breastfeeding Helpline (9.30am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week)
0300 100 0210 - Breastfeeding Network (BfN) Helpline

Useful resources

Some parenting books, magazines and websites may not be evidence-based or may offer out-of-date recommendations.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. 
 
Islington have kindly given Haringey permission to have access to the ‘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
 
• Global Health Media Videos - videos on breastfeeding support

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

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
  • By attending a baby clinic where a peer supporter is present (not all clinics)
  • By calling one of the national support lines. Talking to a trained peer supporter can often help mothers breastfeed their baby comfortably and manage any difficulties they might encounter.

 
Working on it!