Health visiting service
The health visiting service provides a community public health service to children, young people and their families with a focus on early intervention and prevention, as well as promoting physical, emotional and social wellbeing. We work with local communities, the whole family, and individual children in different settings including homes, clinics, children's centres & schools.
Health visitors work closely with other health services to ensure that children's health needs are met, and work with other non-health services to ensure that each and every child and young person lives and grows in a safe and healthy environment. We help support the health and wellbeing of your whole family, from antenatal visits up until your child goes to school.
We offer support and advice on the following:
- child growth and development
- childhood illnesses and ailments
- behavioural difficulties
- breast feeding, introducing solids, infant feeding and any other feeding issues
- bonding and attachment
- postnatal depression
- domestic violence
- medical issues, child or family
- children with additional needs
The length of time a family receives support from the health visitor will depend on their individual circumstances and health needs.
Breast feeding useful links and resources
NELFT Barking and Dagenham Infant Feeding Team can be contacted on 0300 300 1813. Email: InfantFeedingBar&Dagenham@nelft.nhs.uk
Here are some helpful links to provide you with more help and information on breast feeding your child.
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212
National Breastfeeding helpline
The Breastfeeding network
National Childbirth Trust
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
La Leche League
NHS Breastfeeding help and support
Breastfeeding support from NCT
Breastfeeding after returning to work