Infant feeding support
When you are in hospital following the birth of your baby, please do not hesitate to ask any member of our team for support with feeding when you need it. All our midwives and support workers are highly trained and have the skills to support you and your baby to get feeding off to a good start – use the buzzer next to your bed!
Once you are back at home, your Community Midwife or Midwifery Support Worker will be happy to continue to support you with feeding until you are discharged from the service. When your Health Visitor has contacted you, they too can be contacted for support with feeding.
In addition to this there is lots of other support available to you (see below) including peer support and local breastfeeding support groups. Most new mothers experience challenges with feeding in the first few months, so please do not be afraid to reach out and ask for support if you need it.
Some mothers and babies need specialised support with breast feeding which can be provided by our Lactation Consultant. Baby Cafés in the community had to be closed unfortunately due to the pandemic. Our new ‘Baby Café’ service operates by appointment on Tuesday mornings. If necessary, your Midwife will refer you for additional assessment and expert advice.
To contact a Health Visitor there is a single point of access telephone phone number, which is: 030 0304 5076 (local call rates apply) All services are available 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Network is a voluntary team of local women who have breastfed their own children and have undergone special training to be able to help support mums as they breastfeed their own children. Phone or text 07920 466660 or visit their facebook page.
(5) Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Service | Facebook (links to an external website)
Kirklees offer peer support from trained volunteers who use their breastfeeding experience to support Mums to breastfeed their babies. To contact a Health Visitor for support with feeding or to request peer support there is a single point of access telephone phone number 0300 304 5555 or text ChatHealth on 07520 618867.
(5) Huddersfield Breastfeeding Mums | Facebook (links to an external website) is a private group moderated by local mothers, sharing information and details about local support groups.
National Breastfeeding helpline 03001000212 (9.30am – 9.30pm daily)
NCT Breastfeeding helpline0300 330 0771 (8am to 12 midnight daily)
La Leche League helpline0845 120 2918 (8am – 11pm daily)
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers0300 330 5453 (9.30am -10.30pm)