Infant Feeding Advice

Please feel comfortable feeding your baby in the Children's Centre.  If you would like a quiet area to feed please ask a member of the team.  Feel free to use the breastfeeding cushion and muslins provided and if you would like a drink please ask as we will be happy to help you.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding helps provide a good foundation for the development of a close and loving relationship between you and your baby. This is because the hormones that are responsible for helping you to produce milk also encourage feelings of love and make you want to protect your baby instinctively. The act of breastfeeding means that you will naturally spend a lot of time holding your baby as only you can breastfeed.

Please take a look at the Benefits to Breastfeeding Page and Breastfeeding Positioning information on the left hand side of this page.

Statement on Vitamin D Supplementation for Breastfed Babies

The whole UK population is at risk of low Vitamin D status due to living much of our life indoors and in a country with limited sunlight.  Please take a look at the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Intiative Infosheet at the bottom of this page.

Organisations and resources that offer further support

            

Breastfeeding helplines

 National Breastfeeding Helpline

0300 100 0212

 National Childbirth Trust (8am - 10am)
0300 330 0771
La Leche League GB
0845 120 2918
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

The helpline is open from 9.30 to 9.30 every day of the year.

0300 330 5453
Breastfeeding Network

Support in other languages is available. 

Supporter Line in Bengali

Supporter Lin in Sylheti

0300 100 0210

0300 456 2421

0300 456 2421

NCT helpline
0300 330 0700
Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline
0844 412 4665  

Who's who

There are many different organisations that offer breasfeeding support.  They are all trained to listen, empathise, support and empower mothers along their breastfeeding journey.  They keep up to date with current information and are able to direct you to different places to source information.  Ask your Midwife or Health Visitor about these.  Here is a brief explanation about each:

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

Members of the ABM are mainly mothers who are breastfeeding or have breastfed their children in the past and offer up to date, accurate evidence-based breastfeeding information.  This charity offers extensive support to parents around breastfeeding and a range of factsheets and resources as well as a helpline.  Information is available on a wide range of topics such as expressing breast milk, breastfeeding twinsand  breastfeeding older children.

Tel: 08444 122 948  Helpline: 0300 330 5453 Email: info@abm.me.uk  www.abm.me.uk

BabyBuddy

Baby Buddy is the FREE mobile phone app for parents and parents-to-be with personalised content approved by doctors and midwives that spans from pregnancy right through to the first six months after birth.  This project was launched on 19th November 2014 and has been generously funded by the BIG Lottery Fund.

Tel: 020 7443 7895  Info@bestbeginnings.org.uk  www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/babybuddy

The Baby Cafe

Coordinates a network of breastfeeding drop-in centres and other services to support breastfeeding mothers. www.thebabycafe.org  Please take a look at the poster below.

The Breastfeeding Network

The Breastfeeding Network is a UK charity that provides non-judgemental, independent, evidence-based, mother-centred breastfeeding information and support for breastfeeding women and their families.  They run peer support projects across the country, as well as offering helplines and the Drugs in Breastmilk information service.  The Breastfeeding Network is independent, meaning it does not take funding from any commercial sources with an interest in infant feeding.  Please refer to the factsheets below which are produced by the Breastfeeding Network.

Supporter line: 0300 100 0210 www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

Bliss

Bliss is a special care charity which provides informtion about feeding babies born too soon, too small, or too sick.  They also produce a book called The best start - a guide to expressing and breastfeeding your premature baby.

See their website page Breastfeeding at www.bliss.org.uk/help-foramilies/feeding/breastfeeding

For a full list of their publications and factsheets, see www.blss.org.uk/order-publications

    Department of Health    

Off to the best start: important information about feeding our baby is a downloadable booklet that covers many aspects of infant feeding (breast and bottle) such as preparation for breastfeeding, dealing with problems such as mastitis, a healthy diet for breastfeeding, and formula feeding - including preparation of bottles.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/off-to-the-best-startimportant-information-about-feeding-your-baby

Doulas

A doula is a non-medical person who assists a woman and her family, before, during, or after childbirth.  they provide information, practical assistance and emotional support.  The provision of continuous support during labour by doulas (as well as professionals, family, or friends) is associated with a variety of benefits.

There are approved courses if you would like to find out more about having a doula.  Doula UK also have a fund which entitles many women to the services of a Doula for free.

First Steps Nutrition Trust

Everyone who works at First Steps Nutrition Trust feels passionately about the need for better information and support for good nutrition – and good food – from pre-conception to five years.

First Steps Nutrition Trust also co-ordinates the Action on Additives campaign and The Healthy Start AllianceFirst Steps Nutrition Trust works with a number of organisations and networks, all of whom have the same ambition to provide accurate information, protect infant and young child feeding and work independently of commercial influence.

Please take a look at the two "Eating Well" factsheets below and safety advice for infant milk preparation www.firststepsnutrition.org

Healthy Start Scheme

What is the Healthy Start scheme?

Healthy Start is the welfare food scheme in the UK, which provides additional food and nutrition support to young and low-income women and their children.

If preganant women are under 18 years of age, or are entitled to income support or are on a low income, they are likely to be eligible for Healthy Start benefits.  Children under 4 years in alow-income families are also eligible.

Benefits include:

  • Free Healthy Start vitamins for pregnant women, mums and children.  (We have healthy start vitamins at Hamsey Green, please speak to a member of the team.  (The tablets cost £1.15 and the drops are £2.00 f you do not have a voucher).
  • Food vouchers which can be spent on cow's milk, formula milk or fresh or frozen plain fruit and vegetables.

Women must be at least 10 weeks pregnant to apply.  Eligibility is checked by the Department for Work and Pensions so vouchers may not arrive for a few weeks after an application has been made. 

For information about how to apply for Healthy Start, see http://www.healthystart.nhs.uk.  Families need to have their application form signed by a midwife, health visitor or their GP.

La Leche League (LLL)

La Leche League helps mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education.

Lactation Consultants

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are often employed in the health care system as midwives, neonatal nurses or health visitors.  To become a Lactation Consultant they are not required to have had a personal breastfeeding experience.  They have to undertake various courses of study covering many aspects of infant feeding, including anatomy and physiology of lactation, infant development, child protection, use of medication in nursing mothers, and counselling skills.

To find a Lactation Consultant near you go to: http://Icgb.org/locallc.htm

Mothers & others GUIDE

This easy to read booklet has been designed to give you all the information you need about making your feeding choice and caring for your new baby.  You will not be able to absorb all the information at once but gradually during your preganancy.  It comes in handy after your baby is born too! 

You will find information on;

  • Pregnancy and getting to know your unborn baby
  • Breastfeeing Positions
  • Attachment
  • Early Days
  • Weaning
  • Returning to work

There is also a Dads' Page too.  Please take a look at the sample pages below.....

To buy Mother's and Others Guide (28p per copy), please visit www.mothersguide.co.uk/order.html

Unicef Baby Friendly

We now know that building a loving relationship with your new baby will give them the best possible start in life, and will help them to grow up happy and confident. Unicef produce many leaflets  which are free to download, offers advice and information on getting to know your baby and setting up the foundations for that strong relationship.

The leaflets are designed to provide parents with the best possible care to build close and loving relationships with their baby and to feed their baby in ways which will support optimum health and development.

Please visit www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly for more information or refer to the leaflets at the bottom of the page.