Breastfeeding is great for both mother and baby; it protects babies against a wide range of serious illnesses including stomach and chest infections in infancy, and can help prevent heart disease, asthma and diabetes in later life. We also know that breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of some cancers.

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and North Yorkshire County Council achieved joint Stage 2 UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Accreditation for their 0-5 Healthy Child Service and the Prevention Service (Children’s Centre’s) in 2018. The services are continuing to work together to achieve Stage 3 Accreditation. Through the Baby Friendly Initiative Accreditation local services are demonstrating a commitment to promoting and supporting breastfeeding and strengthening mother-baby and family relationships which is important for all babies, not only those who are breastfed.

Local Services for Families in North Yorkshire

Information and support can be sought from the 0-5 Healthy Child Service Team and the Early Help Service Team in your area. NHS Choices also provides helpful resources and further information for families around breastfeeding and infant feeding.

The 0-5 Healthy Child Service work in partnership with the Prevention Service to provide Breastfeeding Support Groups to families across the County. The groups offer a welcoming environment for new and expectant mums to meet other breastfeeding mums and form a social network, and help with breastfeeding issues.

Information on the Breastfeeding Support Groups in your can be obtained from the Breastfeeding Support Map here.

Other Useful Sources of Information

Breastfeeding Helplines


Useful Websites