Our Health Improvement Team working in maternal, infant and early years nutrition develop resources, provide information and support a variety of staff to deliver key nutritional messages. We work closely with:
- Healthcare Staff
- Children Services
- Community Learning and Development Teams
- Community/ Voluntary Organisations
We also provide training on how to promote nutritional requirements during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as for infants from birth to managing a balanced food intake for pre-school children.
Downloadable Information Leaflets
- Nutrition Resources for Parents and Carers
- Nutrition Resources for Health Professionals and Childcare Providers
- Maternity Information Leaflets
Vitamin D Awareness Week
As the clocks go back and the days get shorter and duller, we all get less and less of the ‘sunshine vitamin’- Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for strong, healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Your body makes vitamin D when you expose your skin to the sun. It’s difficult to get enough vitamin D from food alone, but you can help your body get more by eating vitamin D rich foods – such as oily fish, red meat, eggs and fortified foods such as some breakfast cereals and margarines.
New guidelines from the Scottish Government suggests that ‘everyone, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D.’
Some population groups (with very little or no sunshine exposure) will not obtain enough vitamin D from sunlight and are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency. People from these groups should take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms vitamin D throughout the year.
Are you getting enough vitamin D?
Find out more:
Vitamin D – Are you getting enough? NHS Forth Valley Infographic Poster
Vitamin D – Are you getting enough? NHS Forth Valley Postcard
Vitamin D and You – Health Scotland
Vitamin D – British Dietetic Association Factsheet
Vitamin D – NHS Choices
Healthy Start Scheme
Free vitamin supplements are available to women and children from families who qualify for the Healthy Start Scheme.
- Find out if you qualify for Healthy Start
- Healthy Start Issuing Unit / Helpline 0345 607 6823.
- Find out where to get Healthy Start Vitamins in Forth Valley.
New Breastfeeding booklet and posters from Health Scotland
The Off to A Good Start (OTAGS) booklet aims to help pregnant women, new mums and their families make decisions about how they will feed their baby. It gives practical advice, including: information about developing a close and loving relationship with your baby; the benefits of breastfeeding; the difference between breast milk and formula and how breastfeeding works (including positioning and attachment). Access the posters and new materials on Health Scotland’s website.
A Guide for Early Years Settings – Eating Well Sustainably
Eating Well Sustainably – A Guide for Early Years Settings – First Steps Nutrition Trust – Introducing sustainable food to Early Years settings is an opportunity to connect children, staff and families to more environmentally friendly habits and to nurture a sustainable food culture. The guide provides simple guidance on: planning sustainable menus, shopping for food, waste and storing food, cooking and preparing food and growing food.
New Maternal and Infant Nutrition Website
Visit feedgood.scot a brand new mobile friendly website for parents and health professional to find all the information they need about breastfeeding and other feeding options. From step-by-step ‘how to’ guides and experiences of real mums, to video clips and pictures to help with feeding.
- National Breast Feeding Helpline – 0300 100 0212
Accessing Healthy Start Vitamins in Forth Valley
- Healthy Start Leaflet – Leaflet highlights where families that are eligible for Healthy Start can access free vitamin supplements throughout Forth Valley.
- Healthy Start Issuing Unit / Helpline 0345 607 6823.
- Find out more about Healthy Start
Health Improvement Staff
Lesley Hetherington Community Dietitian / Infant Feeding Co-ordinator
Based at Admin Offices, Falkirk Community Hospital, Westburn Avenue, Falkirk, FK1 5SU.
Susan Kennedy Health Improvement Officer
Based at Rehab Hub, Stirling Community Hospital, Livilands Gate, Stirling, FK8 2AU.
Useful Helplines and Websites
- Healthy Start Issuing Unit / Helpline 0345 607 6823
- National Breastfeeding Helpline – 0300 100 0212
- Association of Breastfeeding Mothers – 0300 330 5453
- The Breastfeeding Network – Helpline 0300 100 0210
Bengali and Sylheti: 0300 456 2421 Tamil, Telegu and Hindi: 0300 330 5469
- La Leche League GB – Helpline 0845 120 2918
- National Childbirth Trust – Information on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and parenthood. Helpline 0300 33 00 700
- Allergy UK – Advice for parents with a new baby – has information on feeding and weaning your baby.
- British Dietetic Association Food Fact Sheets – Download factsheets on a range of nutrition topics – weaning, breastfeeding and vitamins in babies and children and many more….
- Breastfeeding – The feedgood factor – Contains practical information on breastfeeding and find out where you can get local support.
- Childsmile – Improving the oral health of children in Scotland.
- Dairy Council -Site contains nutrition information and facts relating to milk and health. The site has a range of resources available and there is a section on pregnancy and breastfeeding, weaning, pre-school children…
- feedgood.scot – New mobile friendly website for parents and health professionals to find information they need about breastfeeding and other feeding options. It has step by step guides, video clips and pictures to help with feeding.
- First Steps Nutrition – Site contains a range of downloadable guides – Eating Well for a Healthy Pregnancy, Eating Well for New Mums, Eating Well: Vegan Infants and Under 5s……
- Healthy Start – Provides information about the Healthy Start scheme in the UK. It also provides food and health tips for pregnant women and families with young children and information about vitamin use.
- Maternal and Early Years – This website is aimed at everyone working in the early years workforce. It covers a wide range of information and settings within the early years topic and provides information that is relevant to practitioners at many levels. A key element of the site is to provide the best possible links to up-to-date information, resources and support.
- NHS Choices – Your pregnancy and baby guide, Why Breastfeed? , Your babies first solid food, Childrens Meal Ideas.
- One Parent Families Scotland – Informing, supporting and inspiring single parent families.
- Ready Steady Baby – A website covering the time from the decision to have a baby, through pregnancy and birth and up until your baby is one year old. Find out more about Ready Steady Baby mobile app.
- Ready Steady Toddler – A website to help you through the challenges and rewards of the toddler years.
- Unicef – The Baby Friendly Initiative – Contains useful information and advice on all aspects of breastfeeding.
- Vegetarian Society – Have a wide variety of resources from information booklets and recipes to campaign posters and postcards.