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.
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
- Our virtual breastfeeding support group takes place every Friday from 10.00am to 11.00am. Please join through this Microsoft Teams link.
- You can telephone our Surrey-wide 0-19 Advice Line where you can speak to a health professional.
- Breastfeeding and Infant Feeding Surrey Facebook page for top tips, videos and information.
- Caring for and developing a close, loving relationship with your baby
- Feeding your baby
- The value of breastfeeding
- How to get breastfeeding off to a good start
- Helping your baby transition from ‘womb to world'
- Baby brain development
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
- How to hold your baby to help them to attach to your breast
- Attaching your baby to the breast
- Laid-back feeding which allows baby to use his natural reflexes
- When to feed your baby, feeding cues and responsive breastfeeding
- Sleep and your breastfed baby
- How to express your milk for your baby
- What is cluster feeding
- How do I know my baby is getting enough milk
- Wearing a sling
- Neonatal Care resources
- Breastfeeding twins and triplets
- Breastfeeding your toddler
- Top tips for how dads and partners can support breastfeeding and useful advice
- Siblings and a new baby
- When to I introduce solid foods
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.
- Frequently asked questions
- How to manage sore nipples due to poor attachment
- Feeding your baby in public and in front of other people
- Growth and your baby
- Has my baby got a tongue-tie?
- Breastfeeding and returning to work or study
- How to use a breast pump
- Tips on using a nipple shields
- What is breast compression
- Managing blocked ducts and mastitis
- Worried you may have nipple thrush
- Translations and other languages for breast and bottle feeding mothers
- How to find resources in Braille
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
- How to help 'build a happy baby'
- Your baby will love to be close to you and that’s good for their brain development
Breastfeeding when you or your baby are unwell
- Your GP/family doctor can support you if you have any health concerns about you or your baby
- Information about drugs and breastfeeding medication
- Feeding your baby/infant when they have Bronchiolitis
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:
- how to responsively feed your baby
- how to pace the bottle feeds
- If you are giving your baby formula milk
- talk to your health visitor about how to do this safely
For further information about formula milk, please visit the First Steps Nutrition website.