Peer supporters visit postnatal wards at the Whittington and UCLH each day, phone all breastfeeding mothers on discharge to offer support, and support via phone and video calls. There are a number of face-to-face appointment-only clinics each week, and some home visits are also available where necessary. They provide valuable emotional as well as infant feeding support to new mothers. They also have an online breastfeeding support group, as well as an online social Mums and Babies Meet-up group.
Ongoing updates can be found on the Breastfeeding Islington Facebook page, where parents can also contact the service.
The Infant Feeding Specialist service can help where there are particular concerns about a baby’s feeding, whether breastfeeding or bottlefeeding. It is designed to support mothers and babies with more complex difficulties that have not been resolved with basic feeding support.
Following referral, the Infant Feeding Coordinator will decide whether to provide a face-to-face assessment, suggest management, or refer to resources over the phone. They also decide if the case can be followed up by breastfeeding peer supporters with feedback to the Infant Feeding Coordinator. Post-intervention information is not routinely provided.
Breastfeeding support includes help for:
More complex problems include:
The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs, Nurses, Anyone
Referral methods: Email
A referral form can be found in ISL EMIS under
ISL global documents > Paediatric > GP Infant Feeding Referral Form and Protocol (use the same form for either service)
for Islington Breastfeeding Peer Support Service email completed form to whh-tr.IslingtonBreastfeedingPeerSupport@nhs.net
for Infant Feeding Specialist Service email email completed form to email@example.com
Mothers can self-refer via telephone helpline, email or Breastfeeding Islington Facebook page
t: 020 3316 8439