This work takes the lead from this year’s National Breastfeeding Week (18-24 September) campaign, where once again the spotlight is on the importance of breastfeeding and supporting new mothers to breastfeed their baby. Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to provide infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.
This year’s theme, “Everyone has a part to play in helping mums to breastfeed” expands the focus to include the wider support system around new mothers and what people can do to make the breastfeeding journey easier.
Community infant feeding co-ordinator, Hannah Spiring, said: “Our Health Visiting teams across the two boroughs that the Care Group serves (Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets) are pleased to be supporting this year’s National Breastfeeding Week campaign. This comes just a month after World Breastfeeding week, where we provided helpful tips and guidance for breastfeeding mothers.
“Throughout the week we will be sharing daily themes and activities showing how your family, community, health and education providers all work together to help breastfeeding mothers have the feeding experience that they expect. We will also feature interviews with our infant feeding team.”
To contact the Health Visiting team directly in Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets, call our Single Point of Access for telephone advice or for information about clinics. We have trained staff to support you with breastfeeding queries. We can also refer you for further support as required. Call 0300 033 6200 in Waltham Forest and 02045511414 in Tower Hamlets between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
For the HENRY infant feeding team (community support in Waltham Forest) call 02079619073. For Tower Hamlets Baby Feeding and wellbeing service call 07961609626.
For further support
Call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212 (9.30 am to 9.30 pm every day)
Bengali/Sylheti Helpline 03004562421 (9.30 am to 9.30 pm every day).