"Thanks for support from the breast feeding drop-in groups "

About: Bromley Healthcare / Health visiting

(as the patient),

I wanted to thank the time and support I received from the numerous breastfeeding support workers across the children's centres in Bromley and Bexley. There appeared to be a seamless service across the boroughs and this was most helpful to a first time mother who had difficulties in breastfeeding my baby for the first 18 weeks. No-one was concerned who my GP was or where I lived in a way to signpost me to a specific children's centre or prevent me from accessing services over two boroughs. I had many difficulties and complications which I will not go into here. However, having access to services provided across Bromley and Bexley meant I could get support on more days throughout the week. I did however often find I would start to panic on Friday worrying I would not have support at the weekends. This did result in two occasions where I had to visit out of hours GP for antibiotics to treat a related infection at a weekend. They should consider more access to out of hours support.

I particularly thank a Support worker at Blenheim children's centre who spent time in supporting me and reassuring me and assessing the baby for tongue tie etc. as well as advising me on baby weight and setting me short term goals and plans for where I could get support from for the rest of the week before going back to her the following week. I am proud to say that with this support, against all the odds, I persevered and breastfed for the first 3 months exclusively and remained to feed until the baby was 8 months. I know without the support of the many support workers, I would not have achieved this.

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Response from Communications, Bromley Healthcare

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our breastfeeding service. Your comments will be passed on to the team who will be delighted to hear your positive feedback. The aim of the service is to provide advice and support and we are very pleased we have been able to help you.

At the moment we are unable to provide support at weekends but this is something we are considering introducing in the future.

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