Breastfeeding Support (Wakefield) Care Pathway

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Disclaimer: The guidance contains helpful primary care information for management of referrals and up to date referral criteria. These guidelines are locality specific to best reflect local services. This guidance does not override or replace the individual responsibility of healthcare and social care professionals involved in the delivery of care to make informed professional judgements appropriate to the circumstances of the individual.


This guidance refers to:

  • The Breastfeeding Promotion and Peer Support service (Provided by Families and Babies) which provides support, information and encouragement to mothers in hospital and community to help families living in the Wakefield District to initiate and continue breastfeeding

This guidance does not cover:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions associated with breastfeeding for mother and baby e.g. mastitis/thrush/tongue. Information on common breastfeeding challenges can be found at
  • Prescribing in breastfeeding. NICE Guidance advises that Health professionals who prescribe or dispense drugs to a breastfeeding mother consult supplementary sources (for example, the Drugs and Lactation Database [LactMed] ) or seek guidance from the UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service

About the Service

The Breastfeeding Promotion and Peer Support Service delivers one to one targeted support services by paid and volunteer peer supporters via a combination of face to face contact, telephone and social media support which includes:.

  • Help with attachment and positioning, hand expression, understanding normal breastfeeding behaviour and information regarding early identification of potential problems and how to access specialist support
  • Antenatal – Support and education in theantenatal period through groups, antenatal sessions online or face to face
  • Hospital Support – the service is on ward daily to offer support and help women get off to a good start with breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding Groups - Mums and pregnant mums can attend any breastfeeding group for support with breastfeeding or just to meet other mothers. There are groups in various locations across the working week. A full list can be found here
  • Telephone Support – telephone support is available 24 hours, 7 days a week from trained peer supporters: 01924 851901
  • Online support – Online breastfeeding group can be found on Facebook by searching 'FAB breastfeeding support'
  • Home Visits - home visits can be offered to any mum that needs it to help to establish effective breastfeeding

The Service actively works with Midwifery and Health Visiting services to provide access to integrated breastfeeding support. Onward referral can be made by the Service to appropriate specialist breastfeeding support if required and if issues are outside of peer support boundaries i.e. medical


Referral Criteria

  • Pregnant and new mothers living in the Wakefield District

Referral Instructions

  • This service has an open referral policy
  • Referrals should be made via email to:
    • or
    • Families and Babies helpline - 01924 851901
  • Please provide mothers full name, address, postcode and contact number and details of your concern
  • Mothers can be given the helpline number to make direct contact or directed to our website
  • If specialist breastfeeding health care support is required this can be accessed as follows:
    • For babies under the care of the midwife – telephone the community midwife office
      • Pontefract Midwife Led Unit (Friarwood Birth Centre) - 01977 747432 OR
      • Wakefield Community Midwives - 01924 543424
    • For babies under the care of Health Visiting (discharged from midwifery services) contact the mothers duty Health Visitor
      • Contact details can be found in The Personal Child Health Record (also known as the PCHR or 'red book')
      • Please provide mothers full name, address, postcode and contact number and details of your concern

Supporting Information

Shared Decision Making

  • Patients have a right to make decisions about their care and should be fully informed about the options they face. They should be provided with reliable evidence-based information on the likely benefits and harms of interventions or actions, including any uncertainties and risks, eliciting their preferences and supporting implementation

Patient information/Public Health/Self Care

Supportive Environments

  • Mothers now have the legal right to breastfeed anywhere (Equality Act 2010) but many do not feel confident in doing so. The Wakefield Breastfeeding Friendly scheme is designed to encourage public venues like shopping centres, cafes, restaurants and leisure facilities to provide a more welcoming environment for mothers to feed their babies, and ensure staff are positive and supportive of breastfeeding
  • To access information

Evidence/additional information

Assurance & Governance

  • This guidance was developed on: 12.2017
  • This guidance was ratified by: The OSCAR Assurance Group
  • Date ratified: 02.2018
  • Publication Date: 02.2018
  • Review Date: 12. 2019
  • Ref No: LW2 - 12.2017
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