For clinicians

Service lead: Jan Geddes - operational lead, Infant feeding and health improvement
Tel: 020 8822 4134


Referrals will be accepted from GPs, health visitors, community midwives and acute consultants. Referrals accepted via choose and book. Referrals accepted through single point of access (SPA) via the details on the Patient information page. Self-referrals will also be accepted to this service.

Criteria: This service is available to mothers and expectant mothers living in Redbridge. For breastfeeding training for GPs (Unicef Accredited) and links to online training for GPs who wish to update their knowledge on breastfeeding, please contact our service for further information. The team can signpost healthcare professionals to evidence and sources regarding the compatibility of drugs and medications with breastfeeding. 

Links for professionals

The international code of marketing of breastmilk substitutes:

Health care professionals guide to caring for your baby at night:

Breastfeeding assessment forms for health visitors:

First Steps Nutrition Trust is an independent public health nutrition charity that provides information and resources to support eating well from pre-conception to five years:

Infant milks in the UK: a practical guide for health professionals:

Statement on tommy tippee perfect prep machine, flasks and my feed from First Steps Nutrition Trust:

Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline, for professionals & mothers:
0844 412 4665
The Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline was set up by the BfN (Breastfeeding Network) in response to the number of calls received concerning medication. The service is run on a voluntary basis by a pharmacist who is also a breastfeeding network registered breastfeeding supporter. 


Additional information

Useful links:

Breastfeeding at study or work – information of employees and employers
Introducing solid foods – giving your baby at better start in life
Infant Sleep Information Source, information for parents and carers, Durham University Parent-Infant Sleep Lab
Breastfeeding in public – Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme national website

Further information:

UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.  UNICEF is the world’s leading children’s charity.  The Baby Friendly Initiative provides training and assessment for hospitals and community health services to enable them to give breastfeeding mothers the help and support they need to breastfeed successfully. 

Hand expressing video -

Breastfeeding information in other languages:- Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Mirpuri, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu