Community Breastfeeding Services

A service for all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and their families.

The community breastfeeding services provide breastfeeding help and advice for all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and their families. As part of this, a number of groups are held in the community, run by the infant feeding coordinator or a member of the health visiting team.

Come along to one if you:

  • Would like general support, or information about breastfeeding during pregnancy or after the birth
  • Have questions or problems with breastfeeding, using formula milk or starting solid foods
  • Are ready to stop breastfeeding and would like advice
  • Would like to meet other local mothers.

Monday 9.30-11.30
Breastfeeding Drop In
Thomas Wall Children's Centre
69 Western Road, Sutton
SM1 2SX
020 8722 0280

Tuesday (appointment only – please call in advance to book)
Green Oak Children’s Centre
671 London Road
Worcester Park
Sutton
SM3 9DL
0208 661 3904

Thursday 10:00-12:00
Breastfeeding Drop In provided by Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust
Tweeddale Children Centre and Play Centre, Tweeddale Road
Carshalton
SM5 1SW
020 8404 1640

Last Thursday of every month 18:30-19:30
Breastfeeding in the Early Weeks Workshop
Victor Seymour Children’s Centre
Denmark Road
SM5 2JE

We offer one hour interactive workshops for parents-to-be. The focus is on what to expect in the early weeks and how to avoid common breastfeeding problems. To book a place, please contact our health visiting team on 020 8661 390.

Friday 14:00-15:30 (no need to book)
Coffee Afternoons
Victor Seymour Children’s Centre
Denmark Road
SM5 2JE

Our coffee afternoons are a great way to chat with other breastfeeding mums, make new friends, and support each other in a relaxed and informal environment. A member of staff will be available.

Tips and advice on breastfeeding out and about in Sutton

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Learn to recognise your baby's pre-nursing cues, it's much easier to get a baby latched on before he starts crying
  • Go to one of our local breastfeeding groups where you can feed baby and get support and useful tips from staff and other breastfeeding mums
  • Plan ahead so you know of places you will feel comfortable feeding in. Don't feel that you should sit in a public toilet to breastfeed. You wouldn't eat there, so don't feel that your baby should wear two-piece outfits, or clothes with nursing slits and a feeding bra
  • Remember The Equality Act was introduced into law in 2010 to make it illegal for anyone to ask you to stop breastfeeding in a public place

Expectations of breastfeeding

Remember frequent feeding is normal, not a problem. During the first 6-8 weeks your body is setting your milk supply up to meet your baby's needs and you are both getting to know each other and learning how to breastfeed together. Try and plan your day with the expectation that you will be breastfeeding most of the day. Usually after the first 6-8 weeks most babies are more settled and move into some sort of feeding pattern.

Remember - breastfeeding is not just about food - babies also need to feed for warmth and reassurance and to be soothed.

How will I know if my baby is getting enough milk?

It isn't necessary to ‘measure’ or see the amount of milk your baby is taking to estimate if your baby getting enough milk. You can monitor if your baby is getting enough milk by how he behaves, what's in the nappy and your baby's weight.

Expectations of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding during the night 

A member of the health visiting team will talk to you and other family members about how to feed your baby safely at night.

Remember:

  • The safest place for the baby to sleep is in the cot next to your bed for the first six months
  • Never feed your baby lying down on a sofa or put yourself in a position where you may fall asleep on a sofa or armchair.

Sutton Children's Health Services are working towards the baby friendly initiative. You will always be made to feel welcome at any of our healthcare facilities, our breastfeeding services, health centres and children's centres.

If you would like further information or to comment, please contact:

Health Visitor Advice Line
020 8661 3904

National Breastfeeding Helpline
0300 100 0212

Contact us

Breastfeeding Network Supporter line
0300 100 0210

La Leche League Helpline
0345 120 2918

NCT Helpline
0300 330 0771

Breastfeeding apps
Download our free Breast Start NHS app now from iTunes or the Google app store.

Baby Buddy App
www.bestbeginnings.org.uk