Health & Breastfeeding

Supporting the health of the whole family.

What’s on offer?

There are lots of ways in which the children’s centres can help you and your children stay healthy, from information and health awareness one off sessions, all the way through to cooking courses and first aid.

Health visitor clinics

Some health visitor clinics are held within our children’s centres. Please click here to find the nearest venue.

If you have any concerns and you would like to speak to a health visitor, you can contact them via:

Breastfeeding support 

Are you pregnant and thinking about breastfeeding, or are you already breastfeeding and looking for some advice and support?

 Sources of help include:

Breast pump hire

There are many reasons you might be considering the use of a breast pump, but we know that these can be expensive and you may not be sure if it is right for you. Each of our children’s centres has a small stock of machines that we are able to lend out for an agreed period, so please do contact us.

The cost of the hire is normally a one off £12.00 fee as some of the parts need to be replaced each time we lend the machine out, but please don’t let this put you off requesting a loan as we are more than happy to take individual circumstances into account.

Baby Massage

This is available for all parents with non-moving babies and is delivered over five weeks.  You will learn simple techniques which encourage bonding and communication through soothing touch.  These are held on a regular basis in the east, south and west.

Healthy Eating

A 4-week healthy eating course with lots of fun activities around healthy eating, budgeting, and food safety.

Throughout the course you will look at how you can provide a healthy balanced diet for your family, tips for shopping on a budget and you will be given a recipe and ingredients each week to enjoy cooking and eating at home together.

Healthy Start vitamins

All pregnant women, women with a baby under one year old and children aged up to their fourth birthday are entitled to claim their free Healthy Start vitamins.

Healthy Start vitamins contain vitamins A, C and D for children aged from birth to four years, and folic acid and vitamins C and D for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Two types of Healthy Start products are available:

  • Healthy Start children’s vitamin drops (containing vitamins A, C and D)
  • Healthy Start vitamins for women (containing folic acid and vitamins C and D).

Find out more at NHS Healthy Start vitamins, or contact your nearest children’s centre.

Injury prevention monthly themes

Injury prevention is an important part of all of our groups, and each month we have separate themes. Go to our What’s Happening page and take a look at all of our newsletters. You’ll find a whole load of information and advice, if you require any further help then please get in touch.

Foodbanks and Pantries in Wiltshire

If you are struggling during these difficult times, please don’t struggle alone. We can help you access the many foodbanks and pantries in Wiltshire, please contact us.