Feeding your baby

How you feed your baby is one of the most important decisions you will make.  We want to provide you with information about your options and support you with your feeding choice.  Skin contact and keeping your baby close are important ways to nurture early brain development.

The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond, and this is supported by many robust research studies.  Breastmilk is just what nature intended for you and your baby, but it is so much more than food and nutrition.  Breastfeeding is a normal and natural way to feed, however we understand some mum’s find breastfeeding difficult and need extra support to continue their feeding journey.  We are committed to helping you achieve your own target by providing information, resources and support both in hospital and in community.

If you’re not planning on breastfeeding your baby, here is a leaflet which outlines what you need to bring into hospital.  You can still enjoy early skin contact with your baby and we encourage you to give their first feed during this time to help get bonding off to a good start.

Information for Mothers who don’t intend to breastfeed

Click on the following links to useful web pages for information:

Off to the Best Start leaflet  

NHS Choices

National Childbirth Trust

Le Leche League

The Breastfeeding Network

Best Beginnings

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

The Baby Friendly Initiative

KellyMom-please note this website is American so some information may not be relevant in the UK

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