Meet the Infant Feeding Team

We are a team of specialist health professionals including a Lactation consultant, who focus on helping and promoting infant feeding and parent/baby relationships.

Our Team is led by:

Infant Feeding Co-Ordinator and Lactation Consultant - Sharon Jones

Supported by:

Infant Feeding Midwife and Lactation Consultant - Janet Beech                                     

Infant Feeding Midwife - Hilary Rowe

Infant Feeding Midwifery Support Worker - Lois Palmer

Admin Assistant – Gill Nield

Our team of breast feeding peer support volunteers the ‘Bosom Buddy’s' provide skilled breastfeeding help, information and listening support. They are able discuss practical issues such as effective position and attachment, hand expressing and responsive feeding to support mums and their families to continue to breastfeed successfully. To find out more about the group visit their Facebook group:

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The Aims of the Infant Feeding Team

To promote, protect and support infant feeding choices..

To provide the highest standard of care to support expectant and new mothers and their partners to feed their baby safely and build strong and loving parent-infant relationships.

Baby Friendly Initiative - We became a level 3 accredited Baby Friendly Unit in 2010 and achieved re-accreditation in 2014.

The Infant Feeding Team help to continue this accreditation by implementing guidelines and policies to ensure the service and care we provide is best practice.

 Infant Feeding Policy (Parents guide)                                         

Hypnobirthing – please e-mail for further details of the service provided at The Countess.   

Expecting Twins -  If you are under 30weeks pregnant, expecting twins and would like information regarding Twins pre birthing classes  - please contact the Infant Feeding Team – 01244 363646 for details.

You may also find the following web sites useful:

Gestational Diabetes 

Diabetic and 36 weeks or more pregnant....then it is time to get ready!!

Your colostrum can help keep your baby’s blood sugar levels stable and give him/her the best start in life.

Talk to your Midwife today about colostrum collection and take a look at the Diabetic patient info leaflet

What do you need to bring into hospital?

Click on the link for an idea of the essential items that you need to pack for you and your baby.

Hospital List

Baby Buddy App

Baby Buddy App

Baby Buddy is your personal baby expert who will guide you through your pregnancy and the first six months of your baby’s life. She will be your virtual friend who will support you on your emotional, physical and social journey through pregnancy and becoming a new parent. Once you’ve created your Buddy, she will bring you daily information about you and your baby that is right for your baby’s age and personalised just for you.

Get the free Baby Buddy app for iPhone and iPad

Baby Buddy App iPhone

Get the free Baby Buddy app for Android

Baby Buddy Android App


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