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Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed a baby. We encourage women to breastfeed their babies and aim to support you to achieve this.

Homerton hospital is committed to promoting breastfeeding and is working towards achieving UNICEF Baby Friendly status. The Baby Friendly Initiative is a global programme of UNICEF and the World Health Organisation. By working towards it, it shows that we are committed to supporting, protecting and promoting breastfeeding and close, loving parent- infant relationships. Visit the UNICEF Baby Friendly web pages for information about breastfeeding in general.

Baby Child Kid Girl 161593We provide a range of services to support you with breastfeeding:

Antenatal Classes
Topics include initiation of breastfeeding, feeding cues, how to hold your baby for effective feeding, how long to feed your baby, accessing further support and the vital role that partners play in supporting mother and baby. Classes available for pregnant women over 32 weeks. For more information please see here.

Breastfeeding Drop-in Sessions There are daily breastfeeding drop-ins around Hackney where you can get advice and support to help you feed your baby. Click here for the list of drop ins.

Health Visiting Support You can speak to your health visitor for breastfeeding advice. They can help with problems such as positioning and attachment, sore nipples, inadequate milk flow, thrush, mastitis, engorgement and blocked ducts. You can find your Health Visitor’s contact details in your child’s red book.

Tongue Tie Service. If you had your baby at Homerton University Hospital or have a GP within the City and Hackney area we now provide a service to assess potential tongue tie and if necessary undertake a frenulotomy (tongue tie division). Referrals can be made by contacting your midwife, Health Visitor or GP to complete a referral to the service. For further information on tongue tie please read the following document.

Peer Support Project The Homerton works with the Breastfeeding Network to deliver a peer support service. All peer supporters have had experience with breastfeeding and have undergone further training to support new mothers. They assist mothers in a variety of settings:

  • Antenatal breastfeeding workshop
  • Breastfeeding drop-in sessions for postnatal mothers
  • One-to-one support for mothers on the post-natal ward
  • Telephone call to new mothers within 48 hours of being discharged from the post-natal ward. This gives mothers the chance to discuss how feeding is going and enables them to be sign posted on to other relevant services.
  • Mothers who have had a caesarean section or complicated birth will be offered a home visit from a peer support worker. 

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Breastfeeding Support Websites Breastfeeding Helpline
NHS Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212
Breastfeeding Network 0300 100 0210
Bengali/Sylheti helpline:
0300 4562421
National Childbirth Trust (NCT) 0300 330 0771
La Leche League 0345 120 2918
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers 0300 330 5453
Other Useful Websites 
First Steps Nutrition Trust 
UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative 
UNICEF Call to Action Video
The Effects of Giving Artificial Milk to a Breastfeeding Baby 
Global Health Media Breastfeeding Videos
UNICEF Breastfeeding Videos
Homerton University Hospital Maternity Services
Useful leaflets
Off to the Best Start
Expressing and Storing Breastmilk 
Breastfeeding at Study or Work 
A health professionals guide for infant formula 
Guide to Bottle Feeding: How to Prepare Infant Formula and Sterilise Feeding Equipment to Minimise the Risks to your Baby
Infant Formula and Responsive Bottle Feeding
Introducing Solids 
Building a Happy Baby 
Caring for Your Baby at Night
Mastitis and Breastfeeding

More information

Dina Kakar
Breastfeeding Co-ordinator
0207 683 4621