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Infant Feeding Team

The infant feeding team is a specialist team working alongside the Healthy Child Programme in both West Sussex and Brighton and Hove. The team consists of Specialist Health Visitors, Community Nursery Nurses and Lactation Consultants.

The Healthy Child Programme in West Sussex was one of the first in the Southeast to receive a Unicef UK Baby Friendly Gold award, recognising excellent and sustained practice in the support of infant feeding and parent-infant relationships. We are currently working towards this award in Brighton and Hove.

The team can provide 1-1 support for complex and persistent breastfeeding/infant feeding challenges. We also support colleagues and provide education and training to Healthy child programme staff. Referrals are accepted via your health visitor.

Milk! groups offer infant feeding support for all families.

We are supported to run our MILK! Clinics by our team of peer supporters. These are volunteers who have undertaken training to provide mother to mother breastfeeding support.

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Please speak to your local health visitor team if you would like support with Infant Feeding and to access the Milk! Support Groups and appointments with the specialist teams.

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Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-5 years called ParentLine. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm in Brighton & Hove and Monday to Friday between 9am to 4.30pm in West Sussex, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a health visitor within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

This page was last reviewed on 08-01-2024

This page will be next reviewed on 02-01-2025