Specialist infant feeding service

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information about our service

This service is operating in a different way. For those mothers or babies with complex feeding needs, the specialist service will continue to operate and referrals should be made by professionals via the online form or families can call their local health visiting team.

Keep up-to-date with the latest information, read our page on Coronavirus.

How to refer

Some women and their babies may need more intensive or specialist infant feeding support. Your midwife, health visitor or another health professional (such as your GP) can refer you into our specialist service using the Professionals referral form. Families can also contact their local health visiting team directly for support and referral to the specialist team if necessary.

You might be seen by one of our specialist infant feeding leads or if you need one, to a qualified lactation consultant. Lactation consultants are highly trained and qualified specialists who can support mothers with complex feeding issues, including assessing babies with a suspected tongue-tie.

For support out of hours, you can contact:

National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212 (open 9.30am to 9.30pm every day of the year) You can also find out more about breastfeeding and local support available to you at BesideYou.

What happens next?

Once we receive a referral you will be contacted as soon as possible. You might be seen by one of our specialist infant feeding leads (health visitors who have extensive experience in helping people to breastfeed), or if you need one, to a qualified ‘lactation consultant’.

Lactation consultants are highly trained and qualified specialists who can support mothers with complex breastfeeding needs, including assessing babies with a suspected tongue-tie.

If you are breastfeeding and think you need support, please contact our health visiting duty line where one of our friendly health visitors will be able to help you get the support you need.

You can find their contact details in your red book or on our health visiting page.

For support out of hours, you can contact:

National Breastfeeding Helpline
0300 100 0212
9.30am to 9.30pm every day of the year

You can also find out more about breastfeeding and support available to you on NHS Choices.