At the New Birth Visit your health visitors will check that you are happy with your baby’s feeding and complete a breastfeeding assessment with you so that you feel confident that breastfeeding is going well and where you can get help and information.
You may find whilst trying to establish breastfeeding that you run into problems. Whilst these can be debilitating and painful, thankfully the most common ones can be solved relatively quickly and easily – given the right support.
Unfortunately, too often support is not available or, what is worse, mothers are told that problems such as engorgement and sore nipples are a normal part of breastfeeding. This is not true.
Here, you can read about how different problems develop, how to spot them at an early stage and how to solve them, either by yourself, or with the support of a health professional.
Teams and contact details
Our Health Visitor Advice Lines provide support for you and your family on all aspects of child health, development and parenting. This includes feeding, an unsettled baby, management of minor illnesses, child development and behaviour, immunisations and concerns about your own emotional wellbeing.
Mid Surrey area (covering Banstead, Dorking, East Elmbridge, Epsom, Ewell, Leatherhead and Tattenham)
Health Visitor Advice Line 9.30am-1pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) Tel: 020 8979 6464
Banstead and Tattenham 0-19 Team
Tattenham Health Centre
01737 361 031
Dorking 0-19 Team
01306 748 901
East Elmbridge 0-19 Team
020 8979 6464
Epsom and Ewell 0-19 Team
01372 730 040
Leatherhead 0-19 Team
01372 384 300
East Surrey area (covering Redhill, Reigate, Merstham, Horley, Oxted, Caterham and Lingfield)
Health Visitor Advice Line: 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) Tel: 01883 340 922
East Surrey 0-19 Team
01883 340 922
West Surrey area (covering Woking, Guildford, Runnymede, Spelthorne, West Elmbridge, Surrey Heath and Waverley boroughs)
If you need advice and support about any aspect of caring for your child, including their health, development and behaviour, please contact your area team on the numbers below.
Sure Start Children’s Centres are located in your local community and offer advice and support for families with children under five years. Services include: breastfeeding support, and information about nutrition and healthy lifestyles from pregnancy and beyond.
Local breastfeeding support in Surrey
The information below is correct as of January 2018. However, the dates and times of clinics do change from time to time, so please do ring them first to check the clinic is still running before leaving home. If any of the information below is incorrect, please do tell us so we can update it for others (email: email@example.com). Thank you.
• Riverview Sure Start Children's Centre (drop-in as part of baby group) 9.30am - 11am (except on Bank Holidays) T: 020 8337 7310. Riverview Road, West Ewell, KT19 OJP
• Bourne Hall Breastfeeding Clinic (drop-in) 10am - 12 noon (except on Bank Holidays). T: 0208 394 1301. Bourne Hall Health Centre (1st floor), Ewell Village, Ewell, KT17 1TG (we ask that if possible you park at the Bourne Hall Library and Civic Centre as parking at the health centre is extremely limited and is often required by the elderly and infirm. Thank you)
• Ashtead Little Treasure's Baby Group (drop-in for new and pregnant mothers) 11am - 12.30pm (except on Bank Holidays) T: 01372 812 754. St Georges Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead KT21 2DA (antenatal mothers are welcome to attend to get information on breastfeeding and to meet new mothers and other pregnant mums-to-be)
• Epsom Sure Start Children's Centre (drop-in) 1pm - 3pm (except on Bank Holidays) T: 01372 749 834. Pound Lane, Epsom, KT19 8SD
• Naturally Yours Breastfeeding Cafe (drop-in) Monday 1pm - 3pm (except on Bank Holidays) T: 0208 722 0280. Thomas Wall Children's Centre, 69 Western Road, Sutton, SM1 2SX.
• Breastfeeding Support Group (drop-in) 11.00 am - 12 noon T: 01737 355 302. The Children's Centre, Epsom Downs Primary School, St Leonard's Road, Epsom Downs, KT18 5RJ
• Rockers & Rollers Baby group (0-6 months only) Breastfeeding and Infant feeding advice 10am - 11.30am T: 01372 730 435. St Martin's Children's Centre, Worple Road, Epsom KT18 7AA (NB. Numbers are restricted due to small venue)
• Leatherhead Little Treasures Baby Group(drop-in for new and pregnant mothers) Every 2nd Tuesday of the month 10am – 11.30am T: 01372 812 754. Leatherhead Trinity Children's Centre, Aperdele Road, Leatherhead KT22 7QT (antenatal mothers are welcome to attend to get information on breastfeeding and to meet new mothers and other pregnant mums-to-be)
It recommended that everyone over 1 year of age should take a 10 micrograms of Vitamin D supplement daily. And as a precaution, breastfed babies from birth up to 1 year of age should also be given a supplement of 8.5 to 10 micrograms of Vitamin D every day. Babies who are formula fed do not require vitamin D supplement if they having 500ml per day of infant formula or more. Vitamin D supplementation is important because we and our children are unable to get enough Vitamin D from sunlight in this country, or from diet alone.
Speak to your health visitor or nursery nurse for more information about why Vitamin D is important. Healthy Start vitamins are available to buy or exchange for healthy start vouchers at every Children's Centre in Surrey. Find your nearest Healthy Start stockist.