Infant Feeding Team

Infant Feeding Team – Service Overview

Welcome to the infant feeding team. We are a service that works in partnership between Tameside General Hospital and Home Start Breastfeeding Support, to provide information and support to local families, to enable them to breastfeed successfully. 

 

About Our Service

We offer feeding support at local Breastfeeding Drop-ins and to new mums and babies in Tameside.

The Community Infant Feeding Co-ordinator runs a Lactation Clinic most Monday’s 9.30-11.30am at Flowery Field Children’s Centre, Hyde, alongside the Breastfeeding Drop-in and Healthy Baby Clinic. The Lactation Clinic deals with more complex feeding issues e.g. tongue tie referral and advice, low milk supply, slow weight gain, nipple pain and latching problems. Home visits and telephone support are also offered as required. Pregnant women are also welcome to access the service.

 

We take referrals from midwives, health visitors, GPs, paediatricians, dieticians and Children’s Centre staff. Local mothers are also able to self-refer by telephone, email or drop-in.

All women who are breastfeeding on discharge from hospital are supported by the midwife and health visitor. They are also contacted by Home Start Breastfeeding Peer Support and are offered advice and/or sign- posted into Breastfeeding Drop-in’s or Lactation Clinics as required.

We also provide training for all grades of staff, to ensure that we are providing evidence based care and to ensure breastfeeding is supported and protected within our organizations and our communities.

We are a Baby Friendly Hospital and Community Service, following accreditation by UNICEF and the internationally recognized UNICEF baby friendly initiative.

Our Expertise

The Infant Feeding Co-ordinator for community is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She works as part of the health visiting teams in community and works alongside a community dietitian and speech and language therapist to resolve more complex feeding issues.

 

The Home Start Breastfeeding Peer Supporters work in hospital and community and there are also volunteer breastfeeding peer supporters who are trained by the Breastfeeding Network and provide breastfeeding promotion, advice and support.

How To Use The Service

Anyone can self-refer by attending one of the Breastfeeding Drop-Ins / Lactation Clinics. You can also contact us by telephone and email. The Local Breastfeeding Drop-In poster is updated every six months.

 

Before your visit

Please ensure you bring you child health record (red book) along to the consultation.

 

During your visit

It will be necessary to observe you feeding your baby to make a full assessment. A plan of care will be devised together and you and you will have time to ask questions and discuss your options. The red book will be used to document the plan as required. 

 

After your visit

You may be asked to return for review, or contacted at home/by telephone. If you are referred to another department or hospital you will be provided with information and contact details as appropriate. 

 

Contact Information

Infant Feeding Coordinator (hospital) Lyndsey Lythe 0161 922 4002 / Lyndsey.Lythe@tgh.nhs.uk Ward 27, Maternity Unit, Tameside Hospital Infant Feeding Coordinator (community) Fiona Munro-Muotune 07917040341 / f.munromuotune@nhs.net Selbourne House, Union St, Hyde, SK14 1NG

Clerical Support Jakki Minton 0161 366 2331 / j.minton@nhs.net

Home-Start Tameside & Oldham Breastfeeding Peer Support, Ryecroft Hall

Manchester Road

Infant Feeding Services Manager  Denise Farrow 0161 344 0669 / Mob 07836 269210 / Denisefarrow@homestarthost.org.uk

www.homestartto.org.uk