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There are many resources available when discussing infant nutrition, we have collated some useful resources including local Somerset specific information. These links may be useful to you as clinicians or to signpost your patients to. 

The information and links provided are for guidance, clinical decisions remain the responsibility of the practitioner; the intention is to help prescribers find evidence based information and does not replace input from appropriate professionals or constitute medical advice for individual patients.

Please contact sam.morris2@nhs.net with any suggested edits or any additional resources you feel would be useful to be shared. These documents will be reviewed when appropriate.

Somerset Positive about Breastfeeding

Somerset Wellbeing Maternity Tookit and local resources

Somerset children & young people : Health and Wellbeing

The maternity toolkit is designed to support people on their journey from pre-conception, pregnancy and beyond.

The Somerset Essential Guide to feeding and caring for your baby 2019 – 2020 is a really useful guide that gives advice and tips on things such as infant feeding, attachment, safety and much more as well as dispelling the myths and misconceptions.

Somerset Health Visiting Team

The Somerset Health Visiting Team are available. If a parent requires advice and support they can contact the Health Visiting under-fives Parent Service text line on 07480 635514. Find the Health Visitor telephone number in your area on the Somerset County Council Health Visitor website.

Chat Health is a secure and confidential text messaging service. Health Visitors have a wealth of experience working with mums and dads-to-be, babies, toddlers and young children, and School Nurses with parents and young people 5-19 years of age. The ChatHealth service is available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, including school holidays and excluding bank holidays. Anyone sending a text outside these hours, will receive an automated message with advice on where to get help if they require it urgently. When the service reopens the sender will then receive a reply to the message. ChatHealth runs alongside the normal Public Health Nursing Service.

The numbers are as follows:

Health Visiting under 5’s Parent Service   –   07480 635514

School Nursing 5 – 19 Parent Service   –   07480 635515

School Nursing 11 – 19 Young Peoples Service   –   07480 635516

National Resources

First Steps Nutrition Trust provide nutritional advice, including around formula milk, weaning onto solids and healthy eating. Information is also available for dairy free or vegan diets.

Start4Life provides NHS advice around safe weaning.
Change4Life provides NHS resources and inspiration for healthy eating for the whole family.

Vitamin D

The Department of Health recommends that:

  • Babies from birth to 1 year of age who are being breastfed should be given a daily supplement containing 8.5 to 10 micrograms (µg) of vitamin D to make sure they get enough. This is whether or not breastfeeding Mothers are taking a supplement containing vitamin D themselves.
  • Babies receiving more than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula daily, do not require additional vitamin D supplementation.
  • Children aged 1 to 4 years old should be given a daily supplement containing 10µg of vitamin D.

Healthy Start vitamins are available for families who qualify for free, see how to apply. Healthy Start women’s vitamin tablets contain folic acid and vitamins C and D (Children’s drops are also available). FAQs. The application form must be signed by a midwife, health visitor, doctor or nurse.