Policy and evidence for commissioning breastfeeding peer support

UK wide –



  • NICE public health guidance PH11  – Improving the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children in low-income households.
  • NICE clinical guideline CG37 – Postnatal care: Routine postnatal care of women and their babies.
  • The Public Health White Paper – Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England – sets out the Government’s long-term vision for the future of public health in England
  • The Department of Health is committed to supporting breastfeeding through the Healthy Child Programme.  The Healthy Child Programme, Pregnancy and the First Five Years of Life4 is the evidence-based prevention and early intervention programme to promote optimal health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.  Peer support for breastfeeding features in this document from helping to support delivery of public service agreement (PSA) indicators for breastfeeding through to preparation for parenthood. Click to read
  • NICE Commissioning guide: A peer-support programme for women who breastfeed (2008): Provides support for the local implementation of NICE public health guidance through commissioning, and is a resource to help health professionals in England to commission an effective peer-support programme for women who breastfeed.



  • Chief Medical Officer report 2013: includes a recommendation that NHS Wales, the Welsh Government and partners should ensure there are comprehensive prevention programmes tailored to each stage of life, specifically for children to ‘ make every child a healthy child’.

It also mentions the need to :

  • increase the numbers of mothers who start and continue breastfeeding their baby
  • ensure all maternity services attain Baby Friendly accreditation by 2015