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Islington Breastfeeding and Weaning Support

In Islington we aim to provide encouragement, support and up-to-date information for all local mothers and families to enable them to feed their babies and young children confidently and successfully. Since breastfeeding provides food and drink uniquely designed for babies and also reduces the risk of many illnesses for both the baby and mother, we encourage mums to breastfeed, and support them starting and continuing to breastfeed. For those who choose to bottle feed their babies, we aim to provide information to enable that to be done as safely and responsively as possible. Support is also available on introducing solid foods to babies.

Mum-to Mum (Peer) Support
It can take a little while in the early weeks for the baby to learn how to breastfeed effectively. Talking to a trained peer supporter can often help mothers breastfeed their baby comfortably and manage any difficulties they might encounter. Peer supporters are local mothers who have breastfed their own children and have been trained by the Breastfeeding Network charity, commissioned by the NHS and Council in Islington, to support other mothers.

Peer supporters are available at breastfeeding drop-in sessions (see downloads) and at some baby clinics. They visit the postnatal wards of the Whittington and UCLH hospitals each morning, and can offer home visits to Islington women who are breastfeeding if needed during the first few days after going home from hospital. We cannot promise home visits to everyone, but we do our best to make ourselves as available as possible. Some of our supporters are volunteers and some are paid.

Breastfeeding drop in sessions are informal meetings at children’s centres where mothers can talk through any concerns with peer supporters and meet other mothers who are breastfeeding. There is usually a separate room available if you prefer to feed your baby or talk to a supporter in private.

Breatsteeding Welcome Scheme in Islington
Making women feel comfortable when they are breastfeeding when out and about can make all the difference between whether a mother continues to breastfeed or not, so many Islington businesses and venues are now signing up to be breastfeeding welcome. They display breastfeeding welcome posters and stickers, so that women wishing to breastfeed will know they’ll be welcome there, with staff orientated to help them.

Other Resources
Islington has produced some leaflets and a 'Milk and More' reference and training pack, that cover the topics of feeding young children and oral health (see downloads).

See also Infant Feeding and Introducing Solids pages.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Hannah Leonard
Contact Position
Project Coordinator
020 3316 8439


Infant Feeding Office, Bingfield Primary Care Centre
8 Bingfield Street
N1 0AL

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
Office opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Breastfeeding drop-in support groups (for more details see download): Monday: Hornsey Road Children’s Centre, 1.30-3pm; Conewood Street Children's Centre, 1.30-3pm; Tuesday: Hungerford Children's Centre, 1-2.30pm; Wednesday: Bingfield Primary Care Centre, 9.30-11am; Archway Children's Centre, 1-2.30pm; Thursday: Moreland Children's Centre, 9.30-11am; Friday: Paradise Park Children's Centre, 9.30-11am; New River Green Children’s Centre, 1-2.30pm; Ambler Children’s Centre, 1-2.30pm

Other Details

Cost Details
Free of charge
Who is this service for?
All pregnant women and women with babies and young children and their families in Islington.
Can I refer myself?
How to refer or apply

Mums can refer themselves, or can be referred by health visitors, midwives, GPs, children's centre staff or anyone else with the mother's permission.

Additional Languages
11 community languages
Record updated: 20/11/2018