Breastfeeding support

Choosing how to feed your baby is a very personal decision, but there are lots of places where you can get support and advice to help you make a choice.

If you would like to breastfeed, you might find it easy; or you might need some extra help.

Breastfeeding sometimes takes time to get the hang of. Lots of parents wonder if their baby is getting enough milk – especially in the first few days. Within a week or so you’ll probably find it’s the easiest way to feed your baby. You’ll always have a constant supply of food, at the perfect temperature, whenever your baby needs it. You can produce exactly the right kind of milk and amount for each stage of your baby’s development.

Breastfeeding is good for your baby

You have probably heard that breast is best, and its true breastfeeding helps to develop your baby’s immune system, meaning they are less likely to get coughs, colds, ear infections and tummy bugs. Breastfeeding can also make them less likely to develop allergies. Even if you only breastfeed for the first few weeks, you’ll be helping your baby to have the best possible start.

We don’t encourage referrals to the Specialist Breastfeeding Service until five days of age however where there are evident and significant feeding problems please complete the referral form detailing reasons for early referral. Please remember also liaise with the relevant midwifery service who will be the main provider for the postnatal care during this time.

Breastfeeding is good for you

Breastfeeding has benefits for you too. In the early days, breastfeeding can help you develop a close bond with your baby. Breastfeeding also helps you burn calories and return to your pre-pregnancy weight. It can help to reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer in the future.

How can we help you to breastfeed?

Health visitors are highly trained specialist public health nurses who can help you if you choose to breastfeed.

Before your baby arrives, we can talk to you about breastfeeding and what support there is for you. After your baby is born, we will  visit you and offer support to breastfeed. If you need continuing support, we can do this by keeping in touch with you on the phone, visiting you at home or seeing you in one of our drop-in clinics.

We work closely with children’s centres and breastfeeding peer supporters (other mums who have experience in breastfeeding and training in helping others) if you need local support.

Our service runs breastfeeding drop-in clinics across Kent and we welcome all breastfeeding mums and their partners. We also offer a phone advice service Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

If you have a problem out-of-hours, don’t worry, support is there for you.

Dads / partners can sometimes feel a bit left out if they can’t feed their baby, but reassure them there’s lots they can still do to support you, especially making sure you have enough to eat and drink.

 You can also get help from organisations, such as La Leche League or the National Childbirth Trust.

Breastfeeding clinics

Nearest First

Cranbrook Children’s Centre

Carriers Road, Cranbrook, TN17 3LZ

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Hythe Youth Hub

Cinque Ports Avenue, Hythe CT21 6HS

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The Hub (Tonbridge Youth Centre)

Block C, Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge, TN9 1TG

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Oakfield Children’s Centre

Oakfields Lane, Dartford, DA1 2SW

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Edenbridge Children’s Centre

High Street, Edenbridge, TN8 5AB

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Six Bells Children’s Centre

201 High Street, Margate, CT9 1WH

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Riverside Children’s Centre (Gravesend)

Dickens Road, Gravesend, DA12 2JY

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Swanley Children’s Centre

Northview, Swanley, BR8 7BT

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St Mary’s Children’s Centre

2 Orchard Place, Faversham, ME13 8AP

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Buckland Children’s Centre

The Linces Children’s Centre, St Nicholas Church, Dover, CT16 2BN

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Riverside Children’s Centre (Canterbury)

Kingsmead Road, Canterbury, CT2 7PH

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Little Gems Chlildren’s Centre

High Street, Northfleet, DA11 9HB

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Little Pebbles Children’s Centre

Ordnance Road, Gravesend, DA12 2RL

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Temple Hill Children’s Centre

St Edmunds Road, Dartford, DA1 5ND

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Spring House Children Centre

Hospital Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3PT

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Salvation Army Maidstone

74 - 80 Union Street, Maidstone, ME14 1ED

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Milton Court Children’s Centre

Brewery Road, Sittingbourne, ME10 2EE

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Blossoms Children’s Centre

The Downs Primary School, Downs Road, Walmer, Deal, CT14 7TL

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Caterpillars Children’s Centre

Chart Road, Folkestone, CT19 4PN

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Joy Lane Children’s Centre

Joy Lane Primary School, Joy Lane, CT5 4LT

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Bright Futures Children’s Centre

Packham Road, Gravesend, DA11 7JF

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New Ash Green Children Centre

Meadow Lane, Longfield, DA3 8JH

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Snodland Youth and Children’s Centre

Malling Road, Snodland, ME6 5NQ

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The Little Forest Children’s Centre

Friars Way, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3UA

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Seashells Children Centre

Rose Street, Sheerness, ME12 1AW

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Priory Children’s Centre

Cannon Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9SQ

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Little Explorers Children’s Centre

Recreation Ground Road, Tenterden, TN30 6RA

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Swanscombe Children’s Centre

Keary Road, Swanscombe, DA10 0BU

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Woodlands Children’s Centre

Chapman Way, East Malling, ME19 6SD

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Woodlands Health Centre

Allington Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6AX

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Meadows Children’s Centre

Furfield Close Parkwood Maidstone, ME15 9JR

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Marden Children’s Centre

School House Goudhurst Road, Marden, Tonbridge, TN12 9JX

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Birchington Children’s Centre

Park Lane, Birchington, CT7 0AS

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Newington Children’s Centre

Princess Margaret Avenue, Ramsgate, CT12 6HX

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Sunflower Children’s Centre

Adelaide Road, Eythorne, Dover, CT15 4AN

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New Romney Children’s Centre

Craythorne Lane, New Romney, TN28 8BL

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Willow Children’s Centre

The Willow Centre, Brookfield Road, Ashford TN23 4EY

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Ray Allen Children’s Centre

Stanhope Road, Ashford, TN23 5RN

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Millmead Sure Start Centre

Reception: 01843 280555 Dane Valley Road, Margate, Kent CT9 3RU
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