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Breastfeeding Support Easy Reference Tool


Sources of breastfeeding information and support available to women in West Essex


Women can contact their midwife or health visitor for infant feeding information and support.


A wealth of information, presented in a user-friendly way, can be found on the NHS choices website:


The ‘from bump to breastfeeding’ DVD produced by Best Beginnings for the NHS can be viewed at:  - just click on ‘Why breastfeed?’


The following websites also provide useful information for both health professionals and parents:

A range of support is available to help women breastfeed successfully including:


National helplines

NHS Choices National Breastfeeding helpline: 0300 100 0212

The Breastfeeding Network supporter line: 0300 100 0210

La Leche League helpline: 0845 120 2918

The National Childbirth Trust Breastfeeding helpline: 0300 33 00 771

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers helpline: 0870 401 7711


Local support


Breastfeeding drop-in clinic for women up to 28 days postnatal at the birthing unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow on Mondays from 10am – 12 midday (except bank holidays).


‘Bosom buddies’ breastfeeding drop-in support groups staffed by health professionals and trained peer helper volunteers and held at venues across West Essex:




The Treehouse Children’s Centre, Parnall Rd, Harlow CM18 7NG (run by Breastfeeding Network Helper)



Hazelwood Children’s Centre,  Ninefields, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3EL



Fairycroft Children’s Centre, 37 Fairycroft Road, Saffron Walden CB10 1ND



The Meadows Children’s Centre, Harberts Rd, Harlow CM19 4DL



Baby clinic, Ongar Youth Centre, The Gables, Fyfield Road, Ongar CM5 0GA


1.30 –3.30pm

ABC Children’s Centre, Garden Terrace Road, Old Harlow CM17 0AT (Next To Jenner House)



Clinic Hall, Epping Forest Unit, St. Margaret’s Hospital, Epping. CM16 6TN (New Building)


10.30am -12.30pm

Spangles Children’s Centre, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex CM24 8LR



Sunrise Children's Centre, Alderton Hall Lane, Loughton IG10 3HE (run by Breastfeeding Network Helper)


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