Infant feeding

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, why not come along to one of our breastfeeding groups.

Some mums and babies get the hang of breastfeeding straight away, but some may take a little more time.

Read our infant feeding policy.

Breastfeeding groups

The groups are informal and you can just drop-in. You can get support before you have your baby too. Partners and birthing partners are also welcome.

Meet your Infant Feeding Worker and other families to share experiences or concerns. Gain confidence in feeding out and about, and make friends for life. 

Group Day Time
Darton Family Centre Wednesday  9.30am to 11am 
Jump Family Centre Monday  1pm to 2pm 
Kiddy Winx Play Cafe, Goldthorpe Thursday  9.30am to 11am 
Library @the Lightbox  Wednesday (term time only) 9.30am to 10.30am
Lundwood Family Centre Tuesday  1pm to 2pm 
Penistone Family Centre Friday (term time only)  9.30am to 11am 

Antenatal infant feeding discussions

Before you have your baby you can come along to our dedicated antenatal infant feeding sessions. Partners and birthing partners are also welcome to attend.

Let us know you're planning to attend by contacting us online or giving us a call.

Group Day Time
Athersley Family Centre Second Monday of the month 1pm to 2pm
Darfield Family Centre Fourth Wednesday of the month 9.30am to 10.30am
Darton Family Centre First Wednesday of the month  11am to 12pm
Dearne Family Centre  Third Tuesday of the month 9.30am to 10.30am
Penistone Family Centre  First Friday of the month
(no session in January or August)
9.30am to 10.30am

Please contact us for more details about any of the groups.

You can also pick up your healthy start vitamins from the main family centres.  All women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should take vitamins as part of their daily routine. 

Antenatal breastfeeding workshops

Would you, your partner and/or birthing partner like more information about breastfeeding, how to get off to a good start, managing expectations and much, much more?

Our antenatal breastfeeding workshops are facilitated jointly by Barnsley Hospital and Barnsley Council's 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service, Infant Feeding Team.

To book a place please contact the team on (01226) 775700 or email

Please bring your hand held antenatal (green) notes.

Date Time Location
Friday 21 February 2020 10am to 12.30pm Library @ the Lightbox
Saturday 4 April 2020 10am to 12.30pm Library @ the Lightbox
Wednesday 24 June 2020 10am to 12.30pm Library @ the Lightbox
Saturday 11 July 2020 9.30am to 12pm Barnsley Hospital Breast Screening Unit
Wednesday 7 October 2020 10am to 12.30pm Library @ the Lightbox
Saturday 5 December 2020 10am to 12.30pm Library @ the Lightbox

Barnsley Breastfeeding Welcome Here Scheme

The following venues are members of the Breastfeeding Welcome Here Scheme:

Restaurants, cafes and food places

  • The Allotment Deli, Hoyland
  • The Bolt Hole Café, Wombwell
  • Cafe Creme, Penistone
  • Community Shop, Goldthorpe
  • Costa Coffee, Peel Street
  • Crown and Anchor, Barugh Green
  • Dearne Valley Farm, Farmhouse Inns
  • Falco Lounge, the Glass Works
  • Kiddi Winx, Goldthorpe
  • Oak Star Cafe, Experience Barnsley
  • Playmania, Elsecar Heritage Centre
  • Poppy’s Florist and Coffee Lounge, Cudworth
  • Sweet Dreams, Dessert Parlour
  • The Copper Kettle, Thurgoland

Businesses, shops and organisations

  • 24 Seven Support
  • Baby and Me Do, Penistone
  • Barnsley Civic
  • Barnsley Shopping Centre Ltd (Alhambra)
  • Better Barnsley shop (BMBC)
  • Blue Lights Photography, Barnsley
  • Direct2mum store
  • Les Cadeaux, Darton
  • Pottering Around, Chapeltown
  • Dream Catcher Studio
  • Thurgoland Post Office
  • Round wood Health Clinic Ltd
  • Hannah’s Happy Days Childminding

Charitable organisations

  • Salvation Army, Goldthorpe
  • Priory Campus, Lundwood
  • RSPB Old Moor, Wombwell

Barnsley Markets and cafes

  • May Day Green
  • Market Parade
  • Cafes within Barnsley Markets:
    • Freddie and Henry’s
    • Hiltons Cafe
    • Bailey’s Cafe
    • Kay’s Cafe
    • Paul’s Place


  • Elsecar Park
  • Locke Park


  • Cannon Hall
  • Cooper Art Gallery
  • Elsecar Heritage Centre
  • Experience Barnsley
  • Worsbrough Mill

Leisure centres

  • All Barnsley Premier Leisure Centres


  • Central
  • Dodworth
  • Goldthorpe
  • Hoyland
  • Mapplewell
  • Royston
  • Thurnscoe
  • Wombwell
  • Worsbrough

NHS premises

  • Barnsley Hospital
  • All GP surgeries
  • All baby clinics in Barnsley


My Dentist in:

  • Barnsley
  • Bolton upon Dearne
  • Lundwood
  • Thurnscoe

Family centres

  • Athersley
  • Cudworth
  • Darfield
  • Darton
  • Dearne
  • Grimethorpe
  • Hoyland Common
  • Jump
  • Kendray and Worsbrough
  • Lundwood
  • Monk Bretton
  • Penistone
  • Royston
  • Stairfoot
  • Thurnscoe
  • Wilthorpe
  • Wombwell
  • Worsbrough Common

Schools and colleges

  • Bank End Primary School
  • Barnsley College
  • Greenfield Primary School
  • Hunningley Lane Primary School
  • Jump Primary School

Places of worship

  • St John the Baptist Church, Penistone
  • St Saviour's Church, Thurlstone

Want to join the Breastfeeding Welcome Here Scheme? 

All families should be able to breastfeed their babies in public places without fear of harassment or discrimination. The Equality Act 2010 has specifically clarified that it is unlawful for a business to discriminate against a woman because she is breastfeeding a child.  

Can your business or premises provide a welcoming atmosphere for breastfeeding families?
Why not sign up for the Barnsley Breastfeeding Welcome Here Scheme?

The scheme is open to:

  • all health care premises – hospitals, GP practices/surgeries, pharmacists, dentists
  • all children’s services – community clinics and children’s centres, schools, nurseries
  • local businesses – cafés, restaurants, hairdressers, shops, libraries and museums
  • any venue that is open to the public 

Reasons to join the scheme

By informing your staff about the scheme and encouraging them to be kind and helpful to breastfeeding mothers, you will:

  • make a positive contribution to helping babies get the best start to life
  • boost customer satisfaction and loyalty
  • find business may increase as mothers often visit at a time of day which may be a quiet time for you
  • show that you are dedicated to good customer service and supportive of the local community
  • benefit from publicity on the Barnsley MBC website, social media and by word of mouth recommendations from friends

What does the scheme involve?

Your business and staff agree to:

  • provide a welcoming atmosphere for breastfeeding families accepting that mums can breastfeed anywhere they choose to
  • prominently display ‘Barnsley Breastfeeding Welcome Here’ signs (provided by the scheme)
  • not ask a mum who is breastfeeding to move or treat them any differently to a mum who chooses to bottle feed
  • make sure existing staff and new employees are made aware of the scheme and know how to be supportive to
    needs of breastfeeding families
  • not promote formula milk companies and their products (further information can be provided if required)
  • wherever possible provide facility for a mum who asks to breastfeed in private
  • be supportive to mums who are returning to work when breastfeeding

Tips for how staff can support a breastfeeding mum

As someone who works in a Breastfeeding Welcome premises you should know how to support a breastfeeding mum:

  • make eye contact with the mum
  • try and help mum find a seat where she feels comfortable
  • if possible offer a glass of water
  • act normal don’t stare
  • don’t get embarrassed

Remember it isn’t just breastfeeding mums who appreciate a friendly smile. Any mum with a new baby would welcome help finding seat especially if her baby is hungry.

Download the information pack to find out more, and to apply to be part of the scheme.

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