Breastfeeding - MILK! Infant Feeding Team (West Sussex)

COVID-19 Information for All Parents

Please note that due to the current situation All Breastfeeding Drop-ins are currently suspended. If you would like support with feeding your baby, (Breast, mixed or formula) please call the

Parent Infant Feeding Line on 01273 242 015

Monday to Friday, 10am – 3pm

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

UKAMB

Milk! Breastfeeding Drop-ins

Please note that due to the current situation All Breastfeeding Drop-ins are currently suspended. If you would like support with feeding your baby, (Breast, mixed or formula) please call the Parent Infant Feeding Line on 01273 242 015.

Our Normal Service will resume after Covid-19 epidemic.

Coverage

Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Lancing, Midhurst, Shoreham, Worthing, Yapton

How To Access

You are welcome to attend any drop in before and/or after your baby is born. If you wish to bring your partner/ family member/friend who is supporting you to breast feed, they are very welcome. We welcome all families who are breastfeeding or mixed feeding.

Contact Details

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

Opening Hours

See the list of breastfeeding drop-in times and venues

How to find us

See the list of breastfeeding drop-in times and venues

More information

  • Patients' Guide - Infant Feeding
  • NHS Choices
  • NHS Start for Life - including the leaflets ‘Off to the best start’, ‘Introducing solids’, A Guide to bottle feeding’ and ‘Breastfeeding at study or work’
  • Healthy Start
  • La Leche League West Sussex
  • National Child Birth Trust (NCT)
  • 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