Infant feeding, Luton

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What we do

Infant feeding support is part of the Luton health visiting service, and delivered in partnership with Flying Start Luton.

We are a dedicated team of support workers with specialist skills in supporting mothers with breastfeeding. We talk about the benefits of breastfeeding and how to make it work for you, and also train other health professionals so they can support mums and signpost to available resources.

We ring you shortly after your baby is born to offer support at home or on the phone. Support for breast feeding will be delivered in partnership with the Health Visiting Service and Flying Start staff who can also continue to provide support for as long as required.

If you’re a mum in need of breastfeeding advice and support, you can also take advantage of the Flying Start breastfeeding cafes, which run twice a week around Luton.

Also available are the Flying Start Take 5 cafes, which are free informal small group sessions which concentrate on five key activities for you to do with your baby: respond, cuddle, relax, play, talk.

Starting solids information sessions are 1.5 hour sessions for parents/carers of babies 3-6 months who have not yet started solids. These require booking through Flying Start. 

Come and see us in child health clinic for advice and support on your child’s development, feeding, starting solids etc and to monitor the growth, health and well-being needs of babies and children. A timetable can be found on the Flying Start website here.

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#FreeToFeed campaign - helping mums breastfeed, anytime, anywhere

This is the vision of the #FreeToFeed campaign, launched in July 2019 to support mothers across Luton and Bedfordshire to raise their confidence and understanding among the public, businesses and venues.

Find out more and get involved here. 

 

Breasfeeding Hub app - read reviews from local breastfeeding mums

We have also worked with a local entrepreneur to roll out the breastfeeding hub mobile application for parents in Luton.

The app has two elements: an information hub and an interactive map of breastfeeding friendly venues, which allows parents to rate and recommend particular venues for breastfeeding.

The information included is in line with the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative standards and includes photos, video clips and signposting to external articles and local and national breastfeeding support.

Download for Android here, or download for iPhone here.  

How to contact our service

0333 405 0087/90

Where our service is based

Unit 2-3 - The Poynt

Poynters Road

Luton

LU4 0LA

Additional links and information 

Flying Start breastfeeding cafes

#FreeToFeed campaign

Breastfeeding hub app – like Tripadvisor, but for breastfeeding!

Baby Buddy App – 24/7 parenting advice

National Domestic Abuse                               Helpline: 0800 2000 2047 (24hrs)

National Breastfeeding                                   Helpline: 0300 100 0212

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)                      Helpline: 0300 330 0700

                                                                        Website: www.nct.org.uk

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers            Helpline: 0300 100 0212

(ABM)                                                             Website: www.abm.me.uk

The Breastfeeding Network (BfN)                  Helpline: 0300 100 0210  (9.30am - 9.30pm)

                                                                        Website:  www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

La Leche Network (UK)                                  Helpline: 0345 120 2918

                                                                        Website: www.laleche.org.uk

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