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Breastfeeding - MILK! Infant Feeding Team (West Sussex)

NEWS: Baby-friendly gold award for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Baby-Friendly Gold Award for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

The West Sussex health visiting service have become the first in the South East (outside London) to receive a Unicef UK Gold award for their work.

The service, which is part of the Trust’s Healthy Child Programme, has received the prestigious Baby Friendly Gold Award, recognising excellent and sustained practice in the support of infant feeding and parent-infant relationships across West Sussex.

You can read the full story here.

COVID-19 Information for All Parents

Please note  MILK! Breastfeeding Support Sessions are available virtually and/or face to face. If you would like support with feeding your baby, (breast, mixed or formula) please call your health visiting team to book into our MILK! sessions. Due to COVID 19, the MILK! sessions must be pre-booked. The MILK! sessions are run by experienced infant feeding advisors who are eager to support you with any feeding queries or concerns.

Breast Pump Hire

The MILK! breast pump loan scheme is available on a limited capacity due to COVID 19. Please book and attend a MILK! session to discuss the breast pump loan scheme and for feeding support.

For other information on increasing milk supply, see the Global Health Media video on increasing your milk supply.

Further information and support on Infant Feeding during the Covid-19 outbreak can be found by following the links below:

National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212

Seven days a week, 9:30am - 9:30pm. Live online support via web chat.

Unicef Baby Friendly: Statement on Infant feeding and maximising breast milk.

A range of Baby Friendly resources on infant feeding and supporting close and loving relationships can also be found at Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

Other useful breastfeeding resources about COVID-19 can be found at:

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidance for pregnant women

Breastfeeding Network

La Leche League

Information on Infant Formula can be found at:

First Steps Nutrition Trust

Global Health Media has excellent video resources on breastfeeding:

View the videos here

Family Assist provided by West Sussex County Council in partnership with maternity and community services in West Sussex signposts families to a wide range of information and resources, both local and national.

Breast Pump Hire

Due to Covid-19, the MILK! breast pump loan scheme is temporarily unavailable, however pumps can be hired from Ardoand
Medela breastpump companies.

For other information on increasing milk supply, see the Global Health Media video on increasing your milk supply.

Human Milk Banks

Hearts Milk Bank


Milk! Breastfeeding Drop-ins

Please note that due to the current situation All Breastfeeding Drop-ins are currently suspended.

Our Normal Service will resume after Covid-19 epidemic.

  • Service Location:
    • Bognor Regis
    • Burgess Hill
    • Chichester
    • Crawley
    • East Grinstead
    • Haywards Heath
    • Horsham
    • Lancing
    • Midhurst
    • Shoreham
    • Worthing
    • Yapton
  • How To Access:

    You are very welcome to attend any MILK! Breastfeeding Support session before and/or after your baby is born. If you wish to attend with your partner/ family member/friend who is supporting you to feed your baby, they are very welcome.

  • Contact Details:

    Please contact your family Health Visitor/Midwife or local Children and Family Centre for details.

    Health Visiting


    Telephone Number


    Arun and Bognor Hub

    01273 696011 ext 8298


    Chichester Hub

    01273 696011 ext 5267


    Crawley Hub

    01273 696011 ext 6860


    Horsham Hub

    01273 696011 ext 4872


    Mid Sussex Hub

    01273 696011 ext 6606


    Worthing and Adur Hub

    01273 696011 ext 6171


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  • How to find us:
  • More Information:

    National Breastfeeding helpline

    • Caring for your baby at night
    • UNICEF resources for parents - UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative website has many useful resources for parents including their leaflet 'Building a Happy Baby'
    • Best Beginnings - Best Beginnings are a charity 'working to give every baby the best start in life'. Their website includes information on their new 'Baby Buddy App' and video clips from their excellent 'Bump to Breastfeeding' DVD
    • First Steps Nutrition - First Steps Nutrition Trust is an 'independent public health nutrition charity that provides information and resources to support eating well from pre-conception to five years' including several downloadable publications such as 'Infant milks: A simple guide to infant formula, follow on formula and other milks' and 'Breastmilk and breastfeeding: a simple guide'
    • Home - Maternity Action - Maternity Action is a charity committed to improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, their partners and children and has information on work related matters
    • BASIS - Infant Sleep Information Source - Information for parents and carers regarding infant sleep. Their leaflets 'Where Babies Sleep' and 'Bed-sharing and Safety' have been endorsed by NICE (National Institute of Care Excellence) as suitable resources for discussions regarding the new NICE co-sleeping and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) recommendations
    • ICON - Being a parent can be stressful. ICON is all about helping people who care for babies to cope with crying. ICON stands for * I – Infant crying is normal* C –Comforting methods can help* O – It’s OK to walk away* N – Never, ever shake a baby. Speak to someone if you need support such as your family, friends, Midwife, GP or Health Visitor. Please follow the ICON guidance for coping with crying, see webpage- https://iconcope.org/parentsadvice/

    • For support online and up to date feeding advice, try our Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/scftMILKinfantfeeding.
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