The Infant Feeding Team

This page was last updated: November 17th, 2021

All staff in our maternity, neonatal, and transitional care areas are trained to give you help, information and advice on feeding your baby, however you choose to feed.

The Infant Feeding Team is here to provide specialist support with feeding your baby in some of the more challenging circumstances.

We can also provide information and advice for other healthcare professionals who may be supporting you.

We’re extremely proud that Maternity services achieved full UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation in 2012, and our neonatal team in 2019. Together, we’re now working towards the UNICEF Gold award. For more information on the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative, please click here.

We work with families both before (antenatally) and after (postnatally) birth and can support you with a wide variety of issues that are affecting feeding, including:

  • debriefing in pregnancy if a previous feeding experience was very difficult
  • hand expressing and specialist support before you give birth in certain clinical situations
  • inducing lactation
  • help to establish or continue breastfeeding if normal midwifery care is not sufficient
  • help to express and maintain milk supply in certain clinical situations
  • assessing tongue tie, and division if it’s affecting feeding
  • improving effectiveness of feeding if baby has greater-than-average weight loss or their growth is slower than expected
  • support to feed babies with some congenital anomalies
  • help you understand which medications you can take while breastfeeding your baby

We adapt our support to fit the requirements of the individual family. We focus our support on babies under neonatal, transitional and maternity care, and also see babies for tongue tie assessment until they are up to12 weeks of age. There is a similar service for the Health Visiting department, who support staff management of babies once care has been handed from maternity to health visiting.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 update

Feeding support services have remained present during the Covid-19 risk period. However, access to face-to-face support may be limited, and in its place, virtual and phone call support may be offered.

If you are a healthcare professional working with a family that needs specialist feeding support, please make your referral in the usual way.

If you are a feeding family in need of support, access the Infant Feeding Team through your healthcare providers including your Midwife, Health Visitor, GP, Peer Supporter.

For more information about feeding your baby during the coronavirus outbreak, please read the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative statement on infant feeding during the COVID-19 outbreak.

You can also find up-to-date information on Coronavirus and breastfeeding on the Breastfeeding Network website.

Get help from the infant feeding team

You need to be referred to the Infant Feeding Team. We accept referrals from any healthcare professional working with you and your baby (for example your GP, midwife or health visitor). You can also be referred to us by peer supporters and holistic care practitioners.

The Infant Feeding Team

We are a small team of midwives and health care assistants all of whom have a specialist level of interest and training in infant feeding support. Our Lead midwives are both Lactation Consultants (IBCLC – International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant registered.)

We work to cover as many days as possible form Monday – Saturday (not Sundays), but are unable to offer a 24-hour service. We try to respond to referrals within 72 hours.

We are based at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske. From here we provide support across the wider Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust provision.

Infant Feeding Team Coordinators (Maternity Services)

Janey Ashton
Shannon McGill

More information and support on feeding your baby

If you need support to breastfeed your baby at any point in your feeding journey, your should contact your Midwife or Health Visitor, but also consider attending one of the Cornwall Peer Support groups for breastfeeding support and advice if you feel this is appropriate for you and your baby.

There are also independent groups running, so also explore these via your local community centers and social media groups for feeding support.

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