After your baby is born you will be encouraged to hold your baby skin to skin for as long as you like and until they receive their first feed. A midwife will offer to help you to breastfeed in the first half hour or so after your baby is born.
Your midwife will offer to show you how to express your milk by hand. You will receive information about the support available for breastfeeding once you leave hospital.
If you decide to bottle feed your baby, your health visitor will support you and offer you advice on how to make up a bottle safely. They will answer any questions you have and discuss responsive and paced bottle feeding. For further information about infant formulas visit First Steps Nutrition.