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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

Nuture will be re-commencing in June for face to face one to one breastfeeding support with a health visitor.

Clifton and Avenues children’s centre (alternate weeks) every Tuesday 1-3pm

Hobmoor children’s centre every Thursday 10-12am

Please contact the healthy child service on 555475 to arrange an appointment or for advice and support.


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 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

Breastfeeding....alcohol, smoking and medicines

Alcohol and breastfeeding - La Leche League GB

Breastfeeding and your child's dental health

Breastfeeding and Dental Health - La Leche League GB have information around breastfeeding your child when they have developed teeth.

Breastfeeding a baby with teeth

You can still breastfeed your baby, even if they have teeth. Here is helpful information and answers to common questions

Support with conditions

Mastitis and breastfeeding

Mastitis is when your breast becomes swollen and painful. Find more information and support from the NHS Mastitis webpage.

Breastfeeding Network - mastitis (opens in pdf)

Thrush and breastfeeding

The NHS has helpful advice and information around breastfeeding and thrush.

If you are experiencing issues with thrush and breastfeeding you can contact the Breastfeeding Network.

Breastfeeding after returning to study or work

Breastfeeding and Work (opens in pdf)

Bottle Feeding

Guidance to formula feeding your baby

A Guide to bottle feeding leaflet

Department of health 'guide to bottle feeding'

Formula-feeding video

Making up bottles of infant formula - information from First Steps Nutrition

First Steps Nutrition Trust has provided helpful information regarding making up bottles of infant formula.

If you are making up formula milk using hot taps or baby kettles, view First Steps Nutrition Making Infant Milks safely page.

Baby Kettles

Baby kettles are now available on the market which claim to keep water at the correct temperature after being boiled to allow families to make up infant formula without the need for cooling before the powder is added. These kettles appear to keep water at a temperature of 70oC for 3 hours. This is no longer than 500ml of boiled water can be kept in a thermos flask and still remain above 70oC.

There is a potential risk that the water in these kettles may be repeatedly boiled (e.g. set to re-boil after 3 hours) to maintain the temperature, concentrating elements in the water. Fresh water should always be used in the kettle. The water is also likely to cool below 70oC being poured into the bottle and is therefore likely to be less than 70oC when the powder is added. We have not tested these kettles but suggest caution if families are using these to make up infant formula.

First Steps Nutrition Trust welcome any other information about these kettles and experiences of using them.

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.


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