Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week

21 August 2020



Exclusively breastfeeding your baby for the first 6 months and continuing to give breastmilk throughout the early years of life alongside other family foods is one of the most important things parents can do to protect your children’s health now and in the future.  

After exclusive breastfeeding the first 6 months, breastfeeding into your baby's 2nd year or beyond, alongside other foods, is ideal.

Breastfeeding helps your baby build a strong immune system and protect them from infections and several health conditions later in life. So it is important that we ensure that our Infant Feeding Support Service in Waltham Forest is accessible and meets the needs of all our residents.

Whilst we don’t have local data on rates of breastfeeding by ethnicity in Waltham Forest, we do know that access to local Infant Feeding Support Service (Best Start with HENRY) is disproportionately lower for people from black ethnic backgrounds. We would therefore like to use Black Breastfeeding Week to raise awareness about support available for mothers in Waltham Forest but also to hear from black mothers and find out ways to reduce inequalities in access to local services.

Help us to improve

Please complete our short survey to help us understand how to improve breastfeeding support for black women.

Also take part in our focus group to share your views on breastfeeding support in Waltham Forest.

Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week

Laurene breastfeed her child Noah.

Jocelyn breastfeeding her child.

Breaking Breastfeeding Barriers & Uplifting Education is hosting the UKs first all virtual Black Breastfeeding Week conference & training event on 29 August 2020!

Tickets and Event information is available through Eventbrite.

A Waltham Forest focus group will take place on 7 September 2020 to hear your ideas about making our infant feeding support services open, accessible and inclusive as much as possible. Find out more about our focus group.

The HENRY Infant Feeding team continue to offer essential support with breastfeeding and other infant feeding methods via phone & video calls, and there are a number of online workshops available, such as you and your new baby, night-time parenting and building close relationships.

Contact them

Find out more about Waltham Forest Infant Feeding Support during Covid-19.

The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risks of coronavirus to the health of your baby!

Even amidst the current covid-19 pandemic, breastfeeding is still the safest way to feed your baby, it will build a strong immune system and protect them from other infections you have had in the past.

Women with symptoms or confirmed coronavirus can still breastfeed as long as they wash their hands before feeding and avoiding coughing and or sneezing on the baby.

There is no evidence that the virus is passed on in breastmilk.

Some women choose to wear a facemask while breast feeding or to express their breastmilk and ask a trusted family member to feed their baby. If choosing this option or thorough a pump hand hygiene remains equally important.

Contact HENRY’s Infant Feeding helpline if you have any queries around breastfeeding your child

You can access resources and tips to help you and your family stay happy and healthy during the COVID-19 lockdown.