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Breastfeeding and infant feeding

 Please read the sections below for breastfeeding support and advice, tips and information about feeding your baby.

The map at the bottom of this page shows our breastfeeding support groups - please note venues are closed on bank holidays.

A virtual breastfeeding support group takes place every Friday between 10.00am and 11.00am. Please join through this Microsoft Teams link.

Face-to-face support

Please see the map at the bottom of this page to find your local breastfeeding support group. 

You can also visit a child health drop-in where you can speak to a health professional.

Virtual and telephone support
National helplines

At around 28 weeks pregnant, you will be invited to meet the health visiting team at an antenatal session covering:

Colostrum collecting

Your midwife may have suggested you collect colostrum whilst pregnant. You can speak to your midwife about how to access the colostrum collecting syringes/kit.

Watch this video to find out more about collecting colostrum.

At the new birth visit your health visitor will ask if you are happy with your baby’s feeding and complete a breastfeeding assessment with you so that you feel confident that breastfeeding is going well.

Top tips on how to breastfeed your baby
Common concerns

If you have any concerns about feeding your baby please contact your health visitor, attend a breastfeeding support group or telephone our advice line on 01883 340 922.

The following links cover a range of issues around continuing successful breastfeeding.

Building a close and loving relationship with your baby

Your health visitor will talk to you about the importance of developing a close and loving relationship with your baby

Breastfeeding when you or your baby are unwell
Bottle feeding

If you are giving your baby a bottle feed, your health visitor will complete a bottle feeding assessment with you.

They will talk to you about:

For further information about formula milk, please visit the First Steps Nutrition website.

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