Feeding your baby

Antenatally

To help you prepare for feeding your baby, we offer the opportunity to attend a Infant Feeding Workshop. Topics covered include:

  • The Value of Breastfeeding for Mum and Baby.
  • Recognising Effective Positioning and Attachment including how to know when baby is transferring milk effectively.
  • The Importance of Skin to Skin and Keeping Babies Close.
  • How to Hand Express your Colostrum.
  • How partners and family members can support breastfeeding.
  • Baby’s Newborn Behaviour and expectations in the first initial weeks

It is ideal to attend these classes from around 28weeks – 34 weeks but there is no limit.  They run from 18:30-20:30 on different days of the month, held at either Royal Preston Hospital Sharoe Green Unit or Chorley Hospital Education Centre.

If you would like to enquire about available workshops, please contact

01772 524235

As part of your routine antenatal care, you will be given the opportunity to discuss your feelings around feeding your baby with your midwife and be offered evidence based unbiased information on this topic. 

You may also find it useful to access information on building a relationship with your baby starting in pregnancy such as The Parents Guide to a Happy Baby https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/04/happybaby_leaflet_web.pdf

Hand expressing is an essential skill for all breastfeeding mums. It can help relieve engorgement, assist with a baby attaching or to retrieve milk – especially colostrum – if required.

Your midwife can talk through hand expression with you before or after the baby is born, but you can also use this video below for more information.

If you would like to enquire about available workshops, please contact: 01772 52423

As the workshops are currently postponed, the Local Maternity Services Infant Feeding Network have produced this 30minute video on Infant Feeding.  It is advised to all women who are pregnant for information regarding feeding your baby, if you feel as though you wish to ask any further questions regarding anything in the video, please speak to your midwife or contact the number towards the bottom of this page.

https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/BetterBirths/Families/preparing-birth-and-parenthood

 

Harvesting Colostrum

If you are thinking about harvesting colostrum antenatally, you should discuss this with your midwife prior to commencing.

 

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has many health benefits for you and your baby.  Your new baby will seek the breast not only for food, but also comfort and reassurance.  As you hold, cuddle and talk to your baby they will release hormones that help support their brain development and build their relationship with you.  It is important to note that you cannot spoil a baby by holding them or responding to their needs and also that you cannot overfeed a breastfed baby. Being able to sit and rest whilst feeding or cuddling your baby, will also ensure you can enjoy their newness!

It is important that positioning and attachment is effective to ensure that not only do you not get sore but also that baby gets all the milk they need to grow.

 

This video helps explain the importance of effective attachment and what to look for as you baby feeds:

Some useful links for getting breastfeeding going well can be accessed here:

https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding/

 

Hand Expressing

Expressing and Storage Information: http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/wp-content/pdfs/BFN%20Expressing%20Leaflet%202019.pdf

Your midwife will always be able to answer any queries you may have in regards to breastfeeding, but if they feel they require further assistance in your care plan, they may suggest a referral to the Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife.

 

Expressing and Storage

Sometimes you may want to or have to store your breastmilk. Please follow the link below on how to do safely.

http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/wp-content/pdfs/BFN%20Expressing%20Leaflet%202019.pdf

 

Peer Support

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Alongside your midwife, At LTHTR we also offer a Peer Support service for further Breastfeeding help.  To be a Peer Supporter, you have to have breastfed your own babies and also undertaken training to offer the best support. FAB offer all this.  They attend on the wards to offer assistance and also provide home visits up to 6 weeks and a phone helpline as required.

Peer Support Families and Babies for Central Lancashire FAB: https://www.familiesandbabies.org.uk/pages/central-lancashire

 

Bottle Feeding

If you have decided to bottle feed your baby, please use the information on this page to do so as safely as possible.

You may have decided to feed your own expressed milk in a bottle, or decided to feed only formula milk.  You may have decided to offer formula in addition to your own milk.  If this is what you decide, it is important to try and continue to provide as much breastmilk as possible, so your baby to benefit from the health benefits breast milk provides. If you wish to return to full breastfeeding at any time, please ask your midwife for further help and information.

If you have chosen to formula feed, at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust, we encourage you to give your baby their first feed whilst remaining in skin to skin following birth as this helps to start building a close and loving relationship. Holding your baby in skin to skin for at least an hour or until after their first feed also helps them adapt to life outside the womb better. 

If you have chosen to formula feed, please be aware that at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, we cannot store opened bottles of formula in our fridges. Therefore, all parents who choose to formula feed, will need to bring in ‘First Milk Starter Packs’ into hospital with them.

If you choose to breastfeed, you do not need to bring any formula with you. If your baby requires formula for any medical reasons, you can still express your milk and resume / continue exclusive breastfeeding following medical use of formula. 

You can find more information in regards to safely making up formula feeds here: https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2008/02/start4life_guide_to_bottle_-feeding.pdf

Further information regarding types of formula milk can be found at First Steps Nutrition Trust Website by following this link: https://www.firststepsnutrition.org/parents-carers

 

Starting Solid Foods

It can be confusing knowing when and how to start solids with your baby.  Introducing solid foods, also known as complementary feeding, starts when your baby is around 6 months old.  For further information, please follow this link: https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/weaning/

 

Returning to Work

It is perfectly possible to continue Breastfeeding when returning to work. For further information and tips, please follow these links:

https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/breastfeeding-help/returning-to-work/

https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding/going-back-to-work/

You can access breast and bottle feeding information from UNICEF in the following languages

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Hindi
  • Lithuanian
  • Mandarin
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Slovak
  • Turkish
  • Urdu

By following this link: https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/foreign-language-resources/

In addition to all of the above, you can always contact your midwife or health visitor to discuss any concerns. The Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife is available for additional advice and support on 01772 524512.