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Infant feeding support

Important information about breastfeeding, formula feeding and infant feed​ing

Our Maternity and Neonatal unit are fully accredited as 'UNICEF Baby Friendly'. This means that we have reached and maintained best practice standards to support mothers with b​reastfeeding and those who choose to formula feed their baby.

There is an infant feeding team, who are able to give additional support and advice should you and your baby require this. All staff within the maternity unit and neonatal unit are trained to support mothers with feeding their baby.

The following information is really important . It tells you where you can get additional support when you leave hospital, how to tell breastfeeding is progressing well and how to express and store your breastmilk. There is also a link to the UNICEF Baby Friendly website where you can download a helpful leaflet on caring for your baby at night.

A 24-hr infant feeding support helpline for all mothers discharged from UHNM is available at the free-standing birth unit at County Hospital, tel: 01785 230059. 

You will be able to discuss feeding and receive face-to-face support at County Hospital.

Infant feeding leaflets

Infant feeding resources- COVID-19

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/infant-feeding-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/infant-feeding-on-neonatal-units-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/maximising-breastmilk-and-re-lactation-guidance/

 

Breastfeeding resources Videos and leaflets. Positioning and attachment, expressing, responsive feeding, Foreign language information

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/positioning-and-attachment-video/

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/ineffective-attachment/

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/hand-expression-video/

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/maximising-breastmilk-video/

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/foreign-language-resources/

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/expressing-and-storing-breastmilk-bfn/

Twins and more

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/feeding-twins-triplets-and-more-mbf/

Responsive feeding

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/relationship-building-resources/responsive-feeding-infosheet/

Formula feeding

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/bottle-feeding-resources/

Global health media- Videos- available in a wide range of languages- Positioning and attachment, how to tell baby is getting enough, nipple pain.

https://globalhealthmedia.org/portfolio-items/positions-for-breastfeeding/?portfolioCats=191%2C94%2C13%2C23%2C65

https://globalhealthmedia.org/portfolio-items/attaching-your-baby-at-the-breast/?portfolioCats=191%2C94%2C13%2C23%2C65

https://globalhealthmedia.org/portfolio-items/is-your-baby-getting-enough-milk/?portfolioCats=191%2C94%2C13%2C23%2C65

https://globalhealthmedia.org/portfolio-items/nipple-pain/?portfolioCats=191%2C94%2C13%2C23%2C65

Support groups

We encourage you to find your local support group, some of which are ran by Health professionals and others which are ran by parents. They are valuable sources of support in the early weeks and months.

Social support

We would encourage you to find out what groups are ran locally in your children's centre.

Websites

For further inform​ation about reducing the risk of cot death, please go to: