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Infant Feeding Team West Sussex

The Infant Feeding Team provides mothers and families in West Sussex with information and support to make informed feeding decisions. The team also provides support to enable women who choose to breastfeed to do so for as long as they wish. This helps to improve health outcomes.


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.


Our purpose

To improve feeding experiences and population health by providing specialist infant feeding and breastfeeding support to families, guidance to health professionals and by developing the HCP infant feeding community. This includes the peer support programme. We are a specialist team within West Sussex Healthy Child Programme, working closely with, acting as a resource for, and providing training for Health Visiting Teams (this includes health visitors, staff nurses and community nursery nurses).

Our support includes:

  • We support the Healthy Child Programme who run MILK! Drop ins in the local areas.
  • Milk! offers infant feeding support for parents/carers, for those who are providing breast milk or mixed feeding. Please feel free to attend these sessions in pregnancy if you would like more information about infant feeding. If you wish to attend with your partner/ family member/friend who is supporting you to feed your baby, they are very welcome. Details of our drop ins can be found on this page.
  • We can provide 1-1 support for complex and persistent breastfeeding challenges, as well as support colleagues and provide education and training to Healthy child programme staff.
  • The Infant Feeding Team run breastfeeding peer support training courses across West Sussex. The course teaches mothers with experience of breastfeeding to support other breastfeeding mothers. They learn about the physical, social and emotional aspects of breastfeeding and then are able to provide encouragement and information to mums attending the MILK! breastfeeding support sessions in West Sussex

Breast pump hire

The Infant Feeding Team in West Sussex operate the Milk! Breast Pump loan scheme. We have a number of pumps that are available for short term loan for mothers who may need to increase or maintain their milk supply for a variety of reasons. Please contact your Health Visitor for further information and support.


We want to hear from you!

Are you interested in becoming a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter?

The Milk! Infant Feeding Team are currently recruiting Breastfeeding Peer Supporters to train as volunteers at MILK! in the West Sussex area. 

We are looking for volunteers to support Milk! Sessions in our coastal areas particularly the Chichester, Midhurst, Bognor Regis and Worthing - We would be happy to train volunteers from outside of these areas, but you would need to be able to attend the training at the venue below.

To apply you will need to be over 18 years old and have:

  • A personal experience of breastfeeding or expressing breast milk
  • Good listening skills with a friendly and professional approach
  • An interest in helping to support families to fulfil their personal feeding goals and journey

Our free 20-hour course will run weekly and will be delivered by our Infant feeding team. We will look at the many aspects of Infant feeding and will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to fulfil the volunteer role of supporting mothers in your local community.


Start date: 23 January 2024, for 7 weeks (course will not run in February half term)

Location of training: Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital (PO22 9PP)


You will need to complete all sessions, the exact timings and dates will be discussed individually with you during the application process. 

After completing training and volunteer recruitment process you will need to be able to dedicate a few hours of your time each week to helping to support families within our drop in’s for a minimum of six months.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please express your interest and any further questions you may have to sc-tr.infantfeedingteamwestsussex@nhs.net by 8 December 2023, and we will send you the application information.

SCFT volunteer registration requirements will include an interview, references, statutory training, up to date immunisation and DBS checks (which we will organise).


MILK! Drop in’s- West Sussex

You are welcome to drop in anytime to get some practical help & support with feeding and to chat with other parents about their experiences.

Monday

12.30- 14.00     Worthing Library, Richmond Road, Worthing, BN11 1HD

13.00-14.30      Group room, Midhurst Hospital, Dodsley Lane, Easebourne, GU29 9AW

Tuesday

9.30- 11.00       East Grinstead Health Centre, St Michaels Road, East Grinstead, RH19 3JS

9.30-11.00        Pulborough Library, Brooks Way, Pulborough, RH20 2BQ  

10.00-11.30      Kingston Buci Family Hub, Middle Road, Shoreham, BN43 6GA

13.00-14.30      Pound Hill Family Hub, Crawley Lane, Crawley, RH10 7EB          

Wednesday

9.30-11.00       Chichester Family Hub, St James Road, Chichester, PO19 7WX

9.30- 11.00      Heene Road Community Centre, Heene Road, Worthing, BN11 4PL

13.00-14.30     Arun Family Hub, Clun Road, Littlehampton, BN17 7DZ

13.00-14.30     Sydney West Community Centre, Leylands Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 8HS

Thursday

9.30-11.00      Bognor Regis Nursery, Victoria Drive, Bognor PO21 2TB

10.00-11.30    Bewbush Family Hub, Dorsten Square, Crawley, RH11 8XW

Friday

9.30-11.00     The Needles Family Hub, Three Acres, Horsham, RH12 1RS

 

If you would like further information or support please call our Duty line on 01273242004 (Monday to Friday 9am- 4.30pm, excluding bank holidays)

Or you can text via Parentline on 07312277163. We aim to respond to messages within 24 hours – Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm. (excluding bank holidays)


Information for all parents

Please note: MILK! Breastfeeding Support Sessions are available face to face. If you would like support with feeding your baby, (breast or mixed) please drop in to one of our sessions above. The MILK! sessions are run by experienced infant feeding advisors who are eager to support you with any feeding queries or concerns.