Mother breastfeeidng infant - Brighter Futures Family Hub logo in top left of image.

Thurrock Infant Feeding Service is now available 7 days a week!

Thurrock Infant Feeding Team, part of the Thurrock Healthy Families Service and Thurrock Family Hubs, are delighted to announce the expansion of their service to now include 7 days a week support service. 

Help and advice on infant feeding,from an expert when you need it.

About the Thurrock Infant Feeding Service

The Healthy Families Team, alongside the Family Hubs across Thurrock, strive to offer you the support you need to have a successful and enjoyable experience feeding your baby.

Our aim as the Infant feeding and Family Hub team is to support parents with all aspects of feeding their baby, whether that is helping them to breastfeed for as long as they want to, or support and guidance with formula feeding and introducing solid food. We work to make this experience as enjoyable and as successful as possible.

We are proud that all Staff in our team and Family Hubs who provide one to one Infant feeding support and advice have successfully completed a UNICEF baby friendly Tier 3 Course in Infant Feeding Support and have regular updates and reviews of practical skills.

Parents who have made the decision to formula feed are supported to do so as safely and responsively as possible.

What is UNICEF Baby Friendly?

The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative is a global campaign by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children’s Fund which recognises that implementing best practices in the health service and wider community children’s services is crucial to the success of breastfeeding.

NELFT has recognised the importance of initiating, supporting and sustaining breastfeeding and in 2014 Thurrock Healthy Families (Health Visiting Service) achieved level 3 accreditation and are working towards our Gold Award.


Family Hubs and Start for Life Programme

The Family Hubs and Start for Life programme helps meet the commitments in The Best Start for Life: a vision for the 1,001 critical days.

This programme is jointly led by the Department for Education (DfE) and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

The Family Hubs and Start for Life programme guide outlines:

  • the programme’s vision and objectives.
  • what the 75 eligible local authorities are expected to deliver and achieve to meet the expectations of the programme.

The programme’s objective is to join up and enhance services delivered through transformed family hubs in local authority areas, ensuring all parents and carers can access the support they need when they need it.

£50 million of funding nationally has been provided to establish infant feeding support services.

Thurrock has allocated funding to provide additional services/programmes which will commence in early 2024. Some of these are detailed below:

A Breastfeeding support service to provide universal and enhanced support to parents. This will be a 7 day a week service.

The development and promotion of ‘breastfeeding friendly’ places and the creation of a Thurrock wide breastfeeding welcome scheme across the Borough.

Development of peer support groups – in person and virtual.

Our partners

Family Hubs 

Brighter Futures family hubs – formerly children's centres – support families with children of ages 0 to 18 years-old, or to 25 years-old for young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). Family hub services include:

·       information and advice for parents and carers

Thurrock Family Hub logo

·       drop-in sessions and activities for parents, carers and children

·       child and family health services  

·       family and parenting support

·       child development support

·       baby and child play sessions

·       SEND support for children and young people

For information on local support services during pregnancy and for families with a baby up to 2 years-old, go to  Start for Life .

There is a focus on supporting expectant parents and children aged 0-2. This is called the Start for Life Local Offer and you can find out what is available in each locality by clicking on the sections under 'Our hubs' below.

For contact information of the Hubs visit their website.

Family Hubs Start for Life Local Offer | Ask Thurrock  

Family hubs | Thurrock Council

Thurrock Children's Centres - Facebook page

Parents 1st

Specialise in effective volunteering and peer support during the key life change of pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent, they provide breastfeeding support across Essex as part of their perinatal peer support offer. Parents 1st logo. Three huma figures in a circle. 

Parents 1st Essex - Parents 1st

Telephone: 01268 525758



Mid and South Essex NHS Trust, Midwifery Team has a designated Infant Feeding Lead Midwife and a Specialist Midwife for Infant feeding. They are responsible for training all of Midwifery staff, auditing the service to ensure that they are complying to the UNICEF Standards and providing specialist support to both staff and families . Midwives provide infant feeding support to all parents during the antenatal period and up to 10 – 14 days and can continue to support until baby reaches 28 days if needed.

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Covering South Essex.   Online and face to face support available.  

Trained breast/chest-feeding & lactation support from ABM (association of breastfeeding mothers) breastfeeding counsellors and peer supporters.

We offer online support through our Facebook page/email as well as weekly in person support/social groups that can be booked here - Link to book support groups

Infant Feeding clinics and drop-ins

Monday to Friday we hold face to face Infant Feeding Clinics where you can discuss any matters relating to feeding your baby; breastfeeding, formula feeding & introducing solid foods. Advice can also be provided to expectant parents.

We hold monthly Introduction to Solid Food virtually on Microsoft Teams and Face to Face workshops held at the Family Hubs. These are offered to all families in Thurrock. Our Support Workers will contact you when your baby is around 4 months to invite you to a session.

Infant feeding advice can also be given at the drop-in Child Health Clinics.  

Appointments at our Infant Feeding Clinics are held across Thurrock at the following Health Centres and Family Hubs:

Contact the Healthy Families Team on 0300 300 1999 to book your appointment at one of the Infant Feeding Clinics.


Tilbury Family Hub

London Road 
RM18 8EY


Stifford Family Hub

Belmont Castle Academy
Parker Road
RM17 5YN

Chadwell Family Hub

Claudian Way
Chadwell St Mary
RM16 4QE


South Ockendon Family Hub 

2a Afton Drive

South Ockendon

RM15 5PA


Corringham Integrated Medical and Wellbeing Centre (CIMWC)

105 The Sorrells
Stanford Le Hope
SS17 7ES

Breast pump loan service

We have a number of Medela electronic breast pumps which we provide on a loan service to breastfeeding women who require support to maximise their breastmilk supply in order to continue to breastfeed their babies, this could include mother’s providing expressed breastmilk to their babies in NICU or those with a medical condition.

To discuss a breast pump loan please contact the Infant Feeding Support Workers on 0300 300 1999.

Below is information and guides on the breast pumps we loan.

For Moms and Babies | Medela | Breastfeeding products and medical vacuum technology