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Infant Feeding Lead

Breastfeeding is the healthiest and most natural way to feed your baby.

Today’s culture can often make women doubt their ability to provide milk for their baby. Widespread use of infant formula also creates a belief that formula is as good as breast milk, but this is not true.

Breast milk is unique for each baby. It contains important protective and developmental ingredients that change to meet the growing needs of the baby.

Infant formulas are nutritionally balanced for babies, but they do not contain any of these ingredients.

For some mothers, breastfeeding is natural and easy, but for others it can be a challenge. It takes time, patience and support to get it right. We are here to provide information and support you.

Role of the Infant Feeding Lead

Barbara Spratt is the Infant Feeding Lead for the Trust. Barbara’s role involves:

  • training staff in breastfeeding support
  • helping women and babies who are experiencing breastfeeding challenges

Barbara is also the lead for maintaining the high standards necessary to retain UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) accreditation. These standards support all mothers regardless of their feeding choice.

If you wish to know more about breastfeeding, you can attend a breastfeeding workshop before your baby arrives.


Useful links

  • Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshop

    Breastfeeding is how nature intended babies to feed yet the skill of breastfeeding is learned.

    Upcoming workshops:

    • Wed 9th July 2024 (6.30pm -8.30pm)
    • Wed 14th Aug 2024 (10.30am-12.30pm)
    • Wed 10th Sept 2024 (10.30am -12.30pm)
    • Wed 2nd Oct 2024 (6.30pm – 8.30pm)
    • Tues 5th Nov 2024 (10.30am -12.30pm)
    • Wed 11th Dec 2024 (10.30am -12.30pm)

    Come and discuss issues around breastfeeding such as:

    • How can I help my baby feed?
    • How will I know if baby is getting enough?
    • What challenges can I expect in the first days/weeks?
    • How can breastfeeding fit in my lifestyle?
    • Where can I find support?
    • The role of my partner

    Complete the online form to book on to a workshop.

    Please note that workshops will be facilitated using the online meeting platform Microsoft Teams.


  • Breastfeeding peer support

    We are a group of mums who have breastfed their babies and are now volunteering to give support to other breastfeeding mums.

    We are not health professionals. We have received training on breastfeeding management and attend regular updates.

    What we offer
    • We can give support over the phone or in person to all mothers who live in the Belfast Trust area.
    • We are friendly, approachable and willing to listen.
    • We can give information on real life experiences and address concerns about breastfeeding.
    • We can advise you on how to contact a health professional.
    • We will give you time.


    All information we discuss is confidential.

    Contact details
    • Breastfeeding Coordinator for Peer Support: 077 3894 5080
    • Breastfeeding Peer Support Link Worker: 077 3894 5081