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.
We provide a range of services to support you with breastfeeding:
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.