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Infant feeding advice and support

The healthy child service provides ongoing support for infant feeding (breastfeeding, bottle feeding expressed breastmilk or formula or a combination of these options) via your health visitor.

Clinics - feeding support

During this pandemic drop in clinics are currently suspended but you can still contact your health visitor or the duty health visitor for advice and support.

We are also providing infant feeding support via secure video call for parents needing one to one additional feeding advice. This is a weekly clinic and appointments can be booked by contacting your health visitor or the duty health visitor.


Breastfeeding and Breastmilk

Below are some useful links for evidence based information on infant feeding in addition to the NHS website:

Building a happy baby

Off to the best start leaflet (open in pdf)

Department of Health 'off to the best start' is an information guide all about breastfeeding.

Hand expression video

Expressing and Storing Breastmilk - The Breastfeeding Network

Breastfeeding positions and attachment

Unicef Positioning and Attachment (video)

Unicef Ineffective attachment

Global Health - Breastfeeding attachment

Global Health - Positions for Breastfeeding

Maximising breastmilk

Maximising breastmilk video - Baby Friendly Initiative (

Breastfeeding support

Healthy Child Service (

Treasure Chest Breastfeeding Group York

La Leche League GB - Friendly breastfeeding support from pregnancy onwards

Home - The Breastfeeding Network

Milk Banks 

UK association of milk banking

Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend – message questions through Facebook or enable at Alexa Skill store

How safe is…  alcohol, smoking and medicines and breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding Network How Safe Is It? (opens in pdf)

Support with conditions

Mastitis and breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Network - mastitis (opens in pdf)

Thrush and breastfeeding

Breastfeeding after returning to study or work

Breastfeeding and Work (opens in pdf)

Bottle Feeding

A Guide to bottle feeding leaflet

Department of health 'guide to bottle feeding'

Infant milks

Infant Milks — First Steps Nutrition Trust

Feeding premature babies and feeding twins

Feeding premature babies

Feeding twins

Introducing Solid Foods

Introducing solid foods leaflet - Baby Friendly Initiative

Eating well for mums and babies

Infants & new mums — First Steps Nutrition Trust

Weaning | Start4Life

Toddler and Infant Nutrition Advice - Infant & Toddler Forum

Child feeding guide

Healthy Start vitamins are available to eligible women and children via the following pharmacies located across York participating pharmacies:
1. The Priory Pharmacy, Cornlands Road, YO24 3WX
2. Tower Court Pharmacy, Unit 1, Tower Court, Oakdale Road, YO30 4WL
3. Whitworth Pharmacy, 275 Melrosegate, YO10 3SN
4. Monk Bar Pharmacy, 3 Goodramdate, YO1 7LJ
5. Day Lewis Pharmacy, 67 Front Street, YO24 3BR
6. Huntington Pharmacy, 1 North Lane within Huntington Surgery, YO32 9RU
7. Haxby Group Pharmacy, Haxby & Wigginton Health Centre, YO32 2LL
8. Fulford Pharmacy, 101 Main Street, Fulford, YO10 4PN
9. MJ Roberts Pharmacy, 8 Boroughbridge Road, YO26 5RU
1. The Priory Pharmacy, Cornlands Road, York, YO24 3WX
2. Citywide Health - Tower Court Pharmacy, Unit 1, Tower Court, Clifton Moorgate, York YO30 4WL
3. Monkbar Pharmacy, 3 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LJ
4. Citywide Health - Water End Pharmacy, 8 Boroughbridge Road, Acomb, York, YO26 5RU
5. Citywide Health - Fulford Pharmacy, 101 Main Street, Fulford, York, YO10 4PN
6. Day Lewis Pharmacy, 67 Front Street, Acomb, York, YO24 3BR
7. Citywide Health - Huntington Pharmacy, 1-3 North Lane, Huntington, York, YO32 9RU
8. Citywide Health - Haxby Pharmacy, Haxby & Wigginton Health Centre, The Village, Wigginton, York, YO32 2LL

Healthy Start Vouchers can be applied for, contact The Healthy Child Service if support is needed to complete the application. Visit Antenatal diet information for the application form and more information.