Information for parents
All staff in Unicef Baby Friendly facilities are trained to give accurate and consistent information and to support you while breastfeeding.
During pregnancy your health visitor will have a discussion with you about caring for and developing a relationship with your baby, feeding your baby, including the benefits of breastfeeding. This will provide you with all the facts you need to make an informed decision.
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 start breastfeeding in the first half hour or so after your baby is born. Your baby will be kept with you at all times.
A midwife will show you how to hold your baby and how to help them latch on – this will make sure they get enough milk and that feeding is not painful. They will tell you about responsive breastfeeding.
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, staff will support you. They will ask if you want to be taught how to make up a bottle properly and will answer any questions you have and discuss responsive bottle feeding. For further information about infant formulas visit First Steps Nutrition.
At the New Birth Visit your health visitor will check that 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 and where you can get help and information.
You will receive information about:
> When your baby is around six months old you can start to introduce family foods. Talk to your Health Visitor or Community Nursery Nurse about how to access Introducing Family Foods workshops in your area.
For more information about breastfeeding support, please contact your Health Visitor or attend one of the breastfeeding support groups listed below.