What we do

We offer help, advice and information on breastfeeding for all families living in Vassall, Coldharbour, Tulse Hill and Stockwell Wards.

We offer independent, evidence-based information and support to help build awareness of breastfeeding to individuals and organisations and to support a mum in her choice to breastfeed. This is a free, non-judgmental service that endeavours to help all mums.

We do this by:

  • Listening actively
  • Keeping a mum at the centre
  • Respecting a mother and supporting her choices
  • Sharing the evidence to inform early parenting choices
  • Answering any questions, queries or concerns. 
  • Providing trained peer-to-peer support in person or on the phone.

Health info

How do I know my baby is feeding well?

These are the three reliable ways for you and your midwives to know your baby is getting enough breastmilk:

  • Suckling effectively at the breast, starting feeds with rapid sucks and slowing into rhythmic suckling with pauses. You may even hear swallowing.  You should not have sore nipples.
  • Urine & stool output(after your milk ‘comes in’ around day three) will give you an idea of what is going in. Your baby should have six wet nappies and two poos (yellow/orange and the size of £2 coins) every 24 hours by day six. At around six weeks the poos may become less frequent.
  • Weight gain is a reliable sign that your baby is getting enough breastmilk. It is normal for babies to lose some weight in the first days but then they should start to gain weight.

Is good positioning and attachment important?

Yes, because:

  • To help prevent sore nipples
  • To help you and your baby feel comfortable during
  • feeds
  • Helps baby be able to get the right amount of milk
  • Helps baby to be happy and satisfied after feeds
  • Helps your breasts to keep making enough milk

Always remember CHINS

Close & chin leading
Head free
In line
Nose to nipple
Sustainable for both

Signs of Effective Attachment:

  • Mouth is wide open and chin is tucked in closely into the breast
  • Your baby’s cheeks are full and rounded
  • More areola is visible above the baby’s mouth than below
  • Sucking pattern changes from rapid sucks to big deep sucks with pauses and swallows
  • Suckling is not painful - if it is, put your little finger in baby’s mouth to take them off.

Is my baby getting enough?

Reliable signs to look for: 

Feed to feed:

  • Look at the sucking pattern - rapid sucks to start, then rhythmic sucking and pauses-when your milk has come in you may hear swallowing.
  • Feeds usually last between 5-45 minutes, offer both breasts.
  • Offer a feed at least four times in the first 24 hours.
  • After 24-48 hours baby should feed around eight times in 24 hours.

Day to day

  • Baby is having wet and dirty nappies.
  • In the first week the number of wet nappies should bethe same number as the days old baby is (i.e. four at four days old).
  • One stool on birth day on average, then two stools every day after that. It will change from dark meconium to green and then to yellow when the milk is in.

Week to week

  • Weight gain - however most babies loose weight in the first week and then steadily gain - back and beyond their birth weight. 

Milk spots

Please use phone numbers listed to check if open or the Lambeth and Southwark breastfeeding groups Facebook page for up-to-date information

Please be aware that of our groups are held in venues used by other community groups, we therefore need to vacate the room promptly. Please help us to help you by attending at least half an hour before the group ends.

Please bring your baby’s Red Book so that others carers can see any feeding plans we make.

For Lambeth Milk Spots please ring midwives.

Lizzie 07985126663

Beverley 07950719643

Polly 07956309591

Monday (except public holidays)

Stockwell Children’s Centre-Burgoyne Rd

Off Combermere Rd SW9 (behind Stockwell Primary School) 0207 326 7328

Open: 10:00-12:00, Lizzie

(7th, 14th, & 21st August Closed 24th and 31st July & Bank Holiday)

Clapham Manor Children’s Centre

Belmont Row, SW4 6AT

020 7627 9917

14:00-16:00 Polly

Closed 24th & 31st July & Bank Holiday

Southwark breastfeeding support café

Dulwich breastfeeding support cafe– Aardvark Children’s Centre at Albrighton Road, East Dulwich Estate, SE22 8AH

0203 049 8858

10:00 -11.:30 Open as usual

Tuesday

Cherry Tree Children’s Centre 8 Barston Rd

Norwood, SE 27 9HE,

020 8761 3835

13:00-15:00pm, Polly

Open 25th July, 1st, 8th & 15th August (Closed 22nd & 29th August)

GRACEFIELD GARDENS MILKSPOT (seasonal session – one off)

2-8 Gracefield Gardens, SW16 2ST

0203049 5030

13:00-15:00pm, Open 29th August

Southwark breastfeeding support café (Specialist support available)

Crawford breastfeeding support café

Aardvark Children’s Centre at Crawford, Peckham SE5 9NF

13:00pm-14:30pm

0203 049 4828 Open as usual

Wednesday

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre

Stamford St, SE1

0207 021 1600

10:00-12:00 Lizzie and Beverley

Open as usual

Woodmansterne Children’s Centre

Stockport Rd, SW16 5XE

020 8764 5102

14:00-15:45pm, Lizzie and Beverley

Open 26th July, 2nd,9th,16th,& 23rd August (closed 30th August & 6th September)

Southwark breastfeeding support café

Southwark Park Play Room- Southwark Park, SE16.

10:00-11:30

Call 020 3049 7103

Open 26th July, 2nd,9th,16th,& 23rd August (closed 30th August)

Thursday

Crown Lane Children’s Centre

Streatham SW16 3HX

020 8761 7139

10:00-12:00, Polly

Open 27th July, 3rd, 10th, 17th (closed 24th & 31st August)

Brockwell Park One O’clock Club

Arlingford Rd, SW2 2TA

02086714883,

13:00-15:00pm, Lizzie and Beverley

Open as usual

Southwark breastfeeding support café Peckham & Camberwell Breastfeeding Café

Peckham Library (5th floor), 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

10:00am –11:30

Tel 0207 138 7815 Open as usual

Friday

Henry Fawcett Childrens Centre

Clayton Street, Kennington, SE11

0207 091 1282

9:30-11:30, Lizzie and Beverley

Open 28th July, 4th, 11th, 18th August (closed 25th August & 1st September)

Hitherfield Children’s Centre

Hitherfield Rd, SW16 2JQ

0208 835 9569

12.45-14:45, Lizzie and Beverley Open

28th July, 4th, 11th and 18th August (closed 25th August and 1st September)

Southwark breastfeeding support café (Specialist support available)

Ellen Brown children centre, 145 Grange Road, SE1 3EU

10:00 -11:30

07766 307 521

Open 28thJuly, 4th ,11th &,18th, 25th August (Closed on 1st September)

Further milk info

Breast Pump Hire/Buy

  • Ardo 01823 336 362, £42-46 for first 30 days, then £42-46 per 30 days
  • NCT - central tel: 0300 330 0770, or try your local branch magazine/website.
  • www.expressyourselfmums.co.uk

Human Milk Bank, Neonatal Unit - Donors Urgently Required

  • St Thomas’ Hospital: Email MilkBank@gstt.nhs.uk or ring neonatal unit on 020 7188 8846

Links and further support & Information

Lambeth and Southward Breastfeeding groups

Facebook page Lambeth and Southwark breastfeeding groups for up-to-date information about Milk Spots and Breastfeeding Cafés. Including holiday closures.

Twitter: @lambethmilkspot

Infant feeding web pages

www.gstt.nhs.uk/breastfeeding to download information such as our ‘Pregnancy and Life with your Baby-Bonding and Feeding’ folder and up-to-date information about local Milk Spots andBreastfeeding Cafés.

National Breastfeeding Helpline

0300 100 0212 (9.30am – 9.30pm)

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers 0844 412 2949 

Email www.abm.me.uk

Breastfeeding Network

0300 100 0210 (9.30am – 9.30pm)

www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

La Leche League

0845 120 2918

www.laleche.org.uk

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)

0300 330 0700 (8.00am – Midnight)

www.nct.org.uk

Breastfeeding Network drugs in breastmilk information

druginformation@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk or www.facebook.com/bfndrugsinbreastmilkinformation

Baby Buddy App

takes you through life with your baby, using interactive information and films

Breast Start App

Lists local groups and breast feeding friendly venues as well as information on breastfeeding and infant sleep.