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KCC's Community Infant Feeding Support service is changing

30/10/2017

Kent County Council would like to hear your views on proposed changes to how Community Infant Feeding Support is provided in Kent.

Currently support is provided by the Health Visiting Service and specialist support is provided by PS Breastfeeding CIC. The main proposal is that the NHS Health Visiting service takes over the responsibility for the provision of infant feeding services, including breastfeeding, with intermediate and specialist support. It will do this as part of its commitment to offering families at least five health development checks in the early years of a child’s life.

In this proposal, the Health Visitors will provide an additional 36 breastfeeding clinics run by health visitors and peer supporters. Specialist support will be provided by the Health Visiting service when and where it is needed.

There will be four Breastfeeding Champions in each of the 12 Districts (a total of 48), to support colleagues and families and to promote Breastfeeding Welcome. It is proposed that initially there will be at least four Specialist clinics a week across Kent. This will involve one clinic in each of the following areas; East Kent (Maidstone, Swale and Canterbury), West Kent (Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Malling and Ashford), North Kent (Dartford, Gravesham and Sevenoaks) and Kent Coastal (Shepway, Dover, Deal and Thanet). As the NHS has access to 111 venues, these clinics will be flexible and will be held in the areas that have the highest number of referrals to reduce the amount of travel time for families. 

For more information and to complete the online questionaire click www.kent.gov.uk/infantfeeding. The consultation closes on the 3rd December.

 

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