Funding crisis for breastfeeding drop-ins in Andover and Basingstoke area

This makes me really, really angry!

How is it possible, in this day and age, that we have no funding for Basingstoke and Andover breastfeeding drop-in’s!!?!?!?!?

Funding crisis for breastfeeding drop-ins in Andover and Basingstoke area

Basingstoke and Andover breastfeeding drop-ins remain open right now and at least until the end of May.

We have no secured funding beyond then.

Check Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/HampshireBreastfeedingCounselling

Breastfeeding drop-ins in Andover and Basingstoke area set up two years ago have been funded by grants so far

You’ll be aware that for the past two years a group of NCT trained breastfeeding counsellors have been providing breastfeeding support to mothers through a series of breastfeeding support drop-ins in these areas.

The drop-ins have been managed by the not-for-profit organisation called Hampshire BFCs Ltd. and the funding was provided through grants initially from Hampshire County Council and this past year through grants from the Borough Council Health and Wellbeing Boards. 

No ongoing funding is available from the CCG

We’ve been working with commissioners at the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for the past six months and were hopeful that we would receive ongoing funding from them. Unfortunately we found out last week that the CCG have decided that they are not intending to change the way they fund maternity services and so will be unable to fund us. This is bitterly disappointing for us and the women we support.

What this means for the breastfeeding drop-ins NOW

We are vigorously exploring any possible short term options for funding and intend to stay open for as long as possible.

All breastfeeding drop-ins remain open as normal right now and at least until the end of May 2015.

Updates will be posted on our Facebook page regularly. Please check there regularly. https://www.facebook.com/HampshireBreastfeedingCounselling

What this means for the breastfeeding drop-ins for the future

We will be forced to close these drop-ins completely within a few months if we don’t find a funding solution.

List of breastfeeding drop-ins which are affected

These are the breastfeeding drop-ins which we provide support at:

  • Christchurch Chineham Health Visitor clinic;
  • Snowdrops Children’s Centre in Overton and Whitchurch, alongside HV clinic;
  • Kingsclere Medical Practice alongside HV clinic;
  • Home Tree Children’s Centre in Tadley alongside HV clinic;
  • Spring Meadow Children’s Centre in Andover (alongside HV clinic on Tuesdays and a standalone session on Fridays); and
  • Brookvale Hall in Basingstoke (in partnership with the parenting charity NCT).

The breastfeeding drop-ins have been extremely successful and had an overwhelmingly positive impact on new mothers, their babies and breastfeeding rates

These drop-in services have been outstandingly successful. We have recently completed this year’s evaluation (report due out very soon) which demonstrates the extremely high value women place on the service and the huge impact it has had on their ability to establish and maintain breastfeeding.

  • 20% of all women who had babies in Andover or Basingstoke in the past year registered at one of our drop-ins;
  • 98% of the women who replied to our survey would recommend the drop-ins;
  • 93% of mothers reported that their breastfeeding issues were fully or partially resolved as a result of attending one of the drop-ins and 87% reported that their confidence in breastfeeding improved as a result of attending; and
  • at 6 weeks, 84% of these babies were exclusively breastfed, compared to 38.3% for North Hampshire CCG area (34.4% Wessex area) at this stage (2014-15 Q3).

We remain hopeful that a resolution will be found though there is nothing longer term or sustainable on the horizon at the moment.

For what it would cost to employ one mid-level health professional (midwife, health visitor or community nurse) these drop-ins could remain open on an ongoing basis.

Please do feel free to distribute this communication widely.

If you would like to contact one of the management team at Hampshire BFCs our contact details are below.

Regards

Sarah, Mindy and Fiona

Sarah Crowdy sarah@hampshirebfcs.co.uk 07736 235702

Mindy Noble mindy@hampshirebfcs.co.uk 07769 040509

Fiona Robertson fiona@hampshirebfcs.co.uk 07714 214100

Breastfeeding Counsellors and Management Team for Hamphire BFCs Ltd.

Breastfeeding Support in Basingstoke – Feb 2015

Need support with breastfeeding?

These are community drop ins which are all run by diploma trained breastfeeding counsellors in Basingstoke, Andover, Eastleigh, Winchester and Southampton.

BASINGSTOKE and surrounds

(For more info contact Fiona 01256 334343, Mindy 07769 040509, Sarah 01256 321890 or message us on Facebook:

Basingstoke, Chineham

Every Monday 9:30 to 11:30 at Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham RG24 8LT alongside the health visitor clinic. Contact Sarah (see above)

Overton

2nd, 4th & 5th Mondays of month at Overton Children’s Centre (in the library, Community Centre, Overton RG25 3HB) 10 – 11:30 alongside the stay and play session. Sometimes runs in the holidays (depends on Children’s Centre play session) so check with Mindy (see above)

Whitchurch

1st & 3rd Tuesdays of month at the Gill Nethercott Centre in Whitchurch RG28 7HP 10 – 11.30 am alongside the health visitor clinic. Contact Mindy (see above)

Tadley

Every Tuesday 9:30 – 11 at the Home Tree Children’s Centre, Newchurch Road, Tadley RG26 4HN. Alongside the health visitor clinic, Contact Fiona (see above)

Kingsclere

Fourth Thursday of the month alongside health visitor clinic – all welcome, 2pm – 3pm at Kingsclere Medical Practice, North St, Kingsclere, RG20 5QX. Contact Mindy (see above)

Basingstoke, Brookvale

Every Friday (50 weeks of year) 10am to 11:30am at Brookvale Village Hall, Basingstoke RG21 7RU. Bra fitting available 1st & 3rd weeks of month. Fiona or Sarah (see above)

ANDOVER

Every Tuesday 10.00-11.30am and every Friday 1 – 2:30pm at Spring Meadow Children’s Centre, Smannell Road, Andover SP11 6JP. Tel: 01264 336718 or Paula (01256 892938) (Also 4th Wednesday 10.00-12.00 in term time)

EASTLEIGH

Borough Council funded drop-ins facilitated by nct trained breastfeeding counsellors

Every Wednesday, 10am – 12pm at the Chamberlayne Children’s Centre, Eastleigh, SO50 5JL Tel. 02380 684990 or Julie 07843 928631 or Nicole 07717 790238

Every Friday, 10 – 11.30am at the Aviary Children’s Centre, SO50 9JW Tel 02380 626960 or Jane 07824-375871 or Jennie 07502 213811

It is not necessary to make an appointment, just turn up! If you need to bring other children with you, of course they are welcome.

WINCHESTER

nct B.A.B.I.E.S. (Babies and Breastfeeding, Information, Encouragement, Support)

Every Wednesday 9.30-12 at Lanterns Children’s Centre, Bereweeke Rd, Winchester SO22 6AJ Tel 01962 893602 or Jane 07824 375871 or Jennie 07502 213811

It is not necessary to make an appointment, just turn up! If you need to bring other children with you, of course they are welcome.

SOUTHAMPTON

Monday, 13:00 to 14:30, Baby Café Townhill Park, at Cutbush Children’s Centre, Cutbush Lane, Townhill Park, SO18 2GF. Tel Rosie Wilson 020 8752 9153 / 075 6548 4617

Tuesday, 9:15 to 11:15, NCT breastfeeding drop-in at The Salvation Army Church and Community Centre, 85 Whites Way, Hedge End, SO30 2GL (alongside the Baby Clinic).
Contact Jo Daniels on sotonbfc@nct.org.uk for more info

Thursday, 9:30 to 11:00, Baby Café at The Warren Centre, Chestnut Rd, Shirely Warren, SO16 6BR. Tel Rosie Wilson 020 8752 9153 / 075 6548 4617

Extra Support 

National NCT Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 300 0700 (8am to midnight every day)

NCT Breastfeeding Counsellors are paid to work on the line. If you have to leave a message, calls are generally returned within 2 hours.

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Mindy sent me a message letting me know the full listing of breastfeeding support in Basingstoke.

Apologies to the Mum who found the details on a historical NHM post that are now out of date. Hopefully this post will help!

Breastfeeding Support in Basingstoke

More help needed!! Some of our Basingstoke breastfeeding drop ins have changed in the last 6 months with at least one new addition so I thought it was time to give you the full listing – they are listed according to day of the week and I have also added Andover and Winchester for those of you who are in that direction.

Anyone, wherever they live is welcome to attend for support. Note that some locations have a reduced service in holiday periods so please check this facebook page (Hampshire Breastfeeding Counselling) or message us for full details if you are unsure.

Breastfeeding Drop-Ins: One-to-one support available from qualified and registered NCT trained Breastfeeding Counsellors. No appointment necessary, just turn up. Come and register with us antenatally and discuss any feeding questions. Contact numbers at the end or follow this facebook page for details.

Basingstoke, Chineham: Every Monday 9:30 to 11:30am at Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham RG24 8LT alongside the health visitor clinic.

Overton: 2nd, 4th & 5th Mondays of month at Overton Children’s Centre (in the library, Community Centre, Overton RG25 3HB) 10 –11:30am. Alongside the parent and baby / toddler group

Whitchurch: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of month at the Gill Nethercote Centre in Whitchurch RG28 7HP 10 – 11.30 am, alongside the health visitor clinic

Tadley: Every Tuesday 9:30am – 11am at the Home Tree Children’s Centre, Newchurch Road, Tadley RG26 4HN. Tel: 0118 982 1571. Alongside the health visitor clinic

Winchester BABIES: Every Wednesday 9:30am to 12:00pm at Lanterns Children’s Centre, Bereweeke Road, Winchester SO22 6AJ.

Kingsclere: Every Thursday 2pm – 3pm at Kingsclere Medical Practice, North St, Kingsclere, RG20 5QX. Alongside the health visitor clinic once a month and alongside “Kingsclere Moms” on the other weeks

Andover: Every Friday 1pm – 2:30pm at Spring Meadow Children’s Centre, Smannell Road, Andover SP11 6JP. Tel: 01264 336718

Basingstoke, Brookvale: Every Friday 10am to 11:30am at Brookvale Village Hall, Basingstoke RG21 7RU.

For further information, you can contact:

Fiona 01256 334343 (Tadley, Basingstoke)

Mindy 07769 040509 (Overton, Whitchurch, Kingsclere)

Sarah 01256 321890 (Basingstoke Brookvale and Chineham), Jane 07824 375871 (Winchester), Jennie 07502 213811 (Winchester), Paula 01256 892938 (Andover)

You can also contact the team via their Facebook page HERE.

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