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Infant Feeding Support

Helping mums and mums to be choose how to feed their babies

The Health Improvement Team is involved in a range of work that helps our young children and families have the best possible start in life.

Breastfeeding has long been recognised as the ideal start for infants, and it is great for mums too:

  • For baby, it reduces the risk of infections, including ear and chest infections and gastroenteritis, and reduces the chance of illnesses later in life.
  • For mums it reduces the risk of breast cancer, weak bones in later life and ovarian cancer.
  • Reduces the risk of cot death.

Our Infant Feeding Team contact all mum’s after the birth of their baby, regardless of how they are feeding to offer mums one to one telephone support.  They also offer support for breastfeeding mums through home visits. If you need support or information about feeding your baby, please contact the team on 0300 029 0029.

Download our checklist for mums – a handy guide to how to tell if breastfeeding is going well, what to look for and tips for breastfeeding while out and about.

Support Groups

The Health Improvement Team infant feeding team runs support groups in Runcorn and Widnes for mums and mums to be:

Our  groups are open to all mums who want to come along and find out more about breastfeeding, meet other mums and speak to our team of infant feeding support workers. You don’t need an appointment, you can just drop in to any of the sessions.

Ante Natal Workshops

For all mums to be, we also run Infant Feeding workshops as part of Halton’s ‘Your Baby and You’ antenatal sessions, where you can learn everything you need to know about feeding your baby in the early days, including:

  • Importance of skin to skin contact
  • Feeding cues
  • Responsive feeding
  • Combining breast and bottle feeding
  • Expressing breastmilk
  • Feeding positions
  • Safe sleeping and night time tips
  • The first 6 months
  • Storage of milk
  • Sterilising equipment

Places at each session are limited.  To book onto ‘Your Baby and You’ sessions please contact the Halton Midwifery Service on 0151 495 5079 or your named midwife. 

If places are fully booked, or if you are a second time mum who would like to refresh your knowledge on feeding your baby, we do offer a stand-alone Infant Feeding workshop on the first Thursday of every month – please call us on 0300 029 0029 and ask for one of the Infant Feeding Team.

Other sources of help and support

Baby Buddy app from Best Beginnings

Available from the App Store or Google Play, Baby Buddy is a free app that provides information about pregnancy, birth, parenting and beyond.

Halton Breastfeeding Friendly Venues

Mothers want to know where they can feed their babies in comfort when out and about, safe in the knowledge that they will not be asked to leave, or made to feel unwelcome. While a small number of women would prefer to use a dedicated room, many simply want to be able to feed discreetly in public, and not made to feel uncomfortable.

At the premises listed, mums can feed their babies in the knowledge that they will not be challenged or made to feel uncomfortable.

Premises who have signed up should display a Breastfeeding Friendly sticker in their window. You can view and search the latest list here:

Halton Breastfeeding Friendly Venues

Please note that the list is constantly being reviewed and updated so if you notice any incorrect information or experience any issues or problems with any of these premises, please contact us on 0300 029 0029 and we will do our best to resolve this.

We also welcome venues to contact us and find out how to become a Breastfeeding Friendly venue. Call us on 0300 029 0029 for more details.

For parents of babies over 6 months old, we also offer help and advice on how to introduce solid foods to your baby. Read more.