Feeding your baby

The decision whether to breast or bottle feed your new baby is one of the most important decisions you will make. The majority of women in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble choose to breastfeed as they are aware that breast milk offers many health benefits for both their babies and themselves. Nevertheless, other considerations can lead some women to choose to bottle feed. Information to help you make the right choice for you and your baby is available from your midwife.

Whatever your decision the midwives will help you to initiate and establish your chosen feeding method. Two Infant Feeding Specialist midwives are based at the Sharoe Green Unit and are available for additional advice and support. Contact 01772 524512

Breasfeeding poster

Breastfeeding skills workshops are held twice a month at the Sharoe Green Unit and also at the Chorley Birth Centre. The sessions are aimed at preparing women for the practical skills of breastfeeding using dolls to practice positioning and attachment. Other topics discussed include the importance of skin to skin contact, feeding behaviour in the first days and tips for expressing breastmilk. Local and national sources of breastfeeding support are also identified.

 To book a place on one of the workshops please phone 01772 524512

or complete the booking form contained in the information pack you received after your 20 week scan and return to:

Infant Feeding Specialists, Maternity Ward, Sharoe Green Unit, Royal Preston Hospital, Preston PR2 9HT.


Additional breastfeeding support in hospital and community is provided by a peer support group called Families and Babies (FAB). For more information about FAB go to: www.familiesandbabies.org.uk or phone 01254 772929.

NHS Start 4 Life leaflet:  Feeding your baby [pdf] 4MB

If you have decided to bottle feed your baby, you will need to bring  2 starter packs of your chosen milk (each pack contains 6 ready-made feeds and 6 teats). These packs are readily available from local supermarkets and larger chemists.

You will be provided with information on making up and storing feeds at home.