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Infant feeding

Breastfeeding is a skill that takes time to get the hang of. Lots of mums and their partners wonder if their baby is feeding well and getting enough – especially in the first few days. If you want support with establishing or continuing breastfeeding, there are lots of services that can help.

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Breastfeeding is a skill that takes time to get the hang of. Lots of mums wonder if their baby's feeding well and getting enough – especially in the first few days.

But once you've mastered it, you'll probably find it's the easiest and most satisfying way to feed your baby. We're here to provide lots of helpful information and advice on breastfeeding.

If you have any breastfeeding worries or concerns, the best thing to do is speak to your midwife or health visitor, or join a local breastfeeding support group.

We're here to provide lots of helpful information and advice on breastfeeding.
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Midwife

Midwives can give breastfeeding support throughout pregnancy and after your baby is born. They can help you with a breastfeeding plan and help you find extra support.

Midwives are here to support you and your family at every stage of your pregnancy. If you have any unexpected concern about your pregnancy or think you may be going into labour, please call our maternity advice line, which is open 24/7, to talk to one of our team.

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Children’s Public Health 0-19 Nursing Service

Nutrition Peer Support Workers and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses provide free one-to-one breastfeeding support. They can give breastfeeding advice over the phone or face-to-face depending on your need.

Nutrition Peer Support Workers also run free virtual / breastfeeding groups for all Nottingham families.

Call between 8:30am and 5pm weekdays.

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Small Steps Big Changes (SSBC)

The Feed your Way campaign promotes parental choice about infant feeding and is working towards a Breastfeeding friendly city. Here you will find information for pregnant families, breastfeeding families, partners and communities

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TOMMY’s Website

Remember that breastfeeding is a learned skill. Because breastfeeding is a natural experience, many new mums assume that they should be able to do it straightaway. In reality, it may come easily to some, but not others. Breastfeeding is a skill that you and your baby learn together. It may feel a bit awkward at first but don’t worry, your midwife and health visitor can support you.

How do I breastfeed? 

  • Sit comfortably with your back supported.
  • Hold your baby with their head and body in a straight line.
  • Hold your baby close to you and support their neck, back and shoulders. Your baby should be able to tilt their head back easily, and they shouldn’t have to reach out to feed.
  • Place your baby’s nose opposite your nipple.
  • Let your baby’s head tip back a little so that their top lip can brush against your nipple. This should help your baby to make a wide-open mouth.
  • When your baby’s mouth opens wide, their chin should be able to touch your breast first, with their head tipped back so that their tongue can reach as much breast as possible.
  • Once your baby has latched on, their nose should be clear and their cheeks should look full and rounded as they feed.

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The National Breastfeeding Helpline

The National Breastfeeding Helpline is available every day of the year from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm. You can reach them at 0300 100 0212 for friendly support and information about breastfeeding, no matter where you are in the UK.

All calls are answered by volunteers who have breastfed their own children, have completed comprehensive training and undertake ongoing training and supervision.

Support is also available in Welsh, Polish, Bengali & Sylheti and for people who have hearing or speech impairments.

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Breastfeeding Friend - from Start for Life

The Breastfeeding Friend, is a digital tool from Start for Life offering practical information and advice on breastfeeding.

It allows parents of a new-born to get answers to questions related to breastfeeding at any time of the day or night as it's available 24/7.

The Breastfeeding Friend is available on Amazon Alexa and Facebook Messenger.

Click on the link below to find out more.

Breastfeeding friend - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
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