Infant Feeding Services

Here at the Countess of Chester, we provide a Specialist Infant Feeding Clinic/Tongue Tie Service for mothers who require expert and specialist support with their babies, for both breastfeeding and artificial feeding. 

We welcome referrals for antenatal women who require the specialist service, such as -

  • Gestational Diabetics
  • Previous Breast Surgery
  • Previous Breastfeeding difficulties
  • Low milk supply
  • Congenital anomaly.

Referral to the clinic can be made via your midwife, health visitor or GP. 

(Attached forms for Health Professional use only)

Once referral is received you will be contacted by a member of the Infant Feeding Team and offered an appointment.

TongueTie leaflet here

A/N Referral Letter here

Lactation clinic referral here

Breast pump hire service  

30 Day hire of Double Electric pump (Ardo)

£40 Hire for 30 days (including 2 kits) plus £25 deposit (£60 Total cost)

Please phone 01244 363646 for further information. This serviceis available Monday - Friday. 


Ante-natal Hand expressing  kit  service

( After 36+ weeks)

If your Obstetrician or Midwife recommends Antenatal colostrum harvesting then we offer a collection kit to hire.  (£5 deposit required)

Hand Expressing Kit 1

Hand Expressing Kit 2









The kit includes –

Cool bag/Ice pack/6 syringes.

This service may be beneficial to –

  • Gestational/ID Diabetics (please separate Diabetic information below)
  • BMI>35
  • Previous Breast surgery e.g.  Implants/Reduction surgery
  • Previous BF problems e.g.  low milk supply

Anyone interested in Ante-Natal Hand expressing or kit hire please phone Infant Feeding Team on 01244 363646


Gestational Diabetes 

Diabetic and 36 weeks or more pregnant  ?

Why hand express colostrum ante-natally?

If you are a mother with diabetes, in the first few hours of life your baby may be at risk of low blood sugar levels and may need a little extra milk. You will be encouraged to give your baby frequent feeds to help prevent this.

Talk to your Midwife today about colostrum collection and take a look at

The attached information –

Diabetic patient information leaflet 

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