Baby Friendly Team – Supporting Infant Feeding

The Baby Friendly Team is part of Bedfordshire Community Health Services and have staff dedicated to infant feeding and relationship building.  Mothers and babies are at the heart of the work we do and our aim is to provide excellent information about infant feeding, protect, promote and support breastfeeding and help strengthen mother-baby and family relationships within our communities.

The Baby Friendly Team’s philosophy is to be able to explain why breastfeeding matters, provide good information about bottle feeding,  as well as recognise the importance of a close and loving relationship between mothers and their babies, whatever their method of feeding. We want all women to have meaningful conversations about infant feeding with their Health Visitor during pregnancy, as well as receive support once the baby arrives.

We have set up Baby Brasseries, which are breastfeeding support groups in various locations around Bedfordshire. These offer a welcoming environment for women to meet other breastfeeding mums and form a support network, as well as get help with breastfeeding issues.  We welcome mums to attend with older siblings and encourage pregnant women to join us and talk about breastfeeding, meet the team and become familiar with the group.  This may help new mums to feel more confident to attend once the baby has arrived.

We are proud to have a mother to mother peer support service – our volunteer Bedfordshire Breastfeeding Buddies (BBB). They attend Brasseries and Pop-ins alongside the 0-19 team (health visitors, community staff nurses & nursery nurses) to provide support to mums.  Buddies have undergone training to help support breastfeeding mothers and keep up to date with the latest information on breastfeeding.

All staff within the 0-19 team receive training and updates about breastfeeding so that they can support mothers. The Baby Friendly Team is a resource for staff to ensure that complex breastfeeding problems are supported and resolved, so that mothers are able to breastfeed for as long as they want to.

We believe that breastfeeding is the natural way to feed a baby and support initiatives in our community for breastfeeding which help mothers to be able to breastfeed in public places.

How to contact service

Email: epunft.babyfriendly.team@nhs.net
Tel: 01234 310333

We value your feedback, please email jacky.syme@eput.nhs.uk with any comments.

For help and support with breastfeeding outside of normal working hours the following contact details may be useful.

National helpline numbers which are charged at local rates

National Breastfeeding helpline number –  0300 100 0212 – 09.30 – 12.30
NCT Breastfeeding helpline number – 0300 330 0771 – 08.00 – 00.00
Breastfeeding Network supporter line – 0300 456 2421 – 09.30 – 21.30 (Bengali and Syleti)
La Leche League helpline number –  0845 120 2918 (24hrs if urgent)

 The Baby Friendly Team

 Jacky  SARAH PICKFORD
Jacky Syme
Practice Development Manager
Sarah Pickford
Practice Development Lead, 0-5 service
   
 Lisa  Karen
Lisa Crawley
Baby Friendly Support Worker
Karen Fell
Baby Friendly Support Worker