How you decide to feed your baby is an important decision. We support the right of all parents to make informed choices around infant feeding. All our staff will support you in your decisions. We believe breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. We also recognise breastfeeding is much more than food and can be seen to protect and comfort your baby. Therefore we encourage you to breastfeed your baby.
All mums during pregnancy
You will be able to discuss infant feeding one-to-one with a midwife or a health visitor who will be able to answer any questions you may have.
You are encouraged to consider the facts and benefits when choosing how to feed your baby that will help you to make an informed choice.
After birth we recommend that you hold your baby against your skin as soon as possible. You are encouraged to keep your baby close to you throughout the day and night.
It is important that you respond to your baby's needs whenever they show signs they need your care and attention.
Information on safe sleeping for your baby.
Information on using baby slings.
UNICEF's Baby Friendly Initiative and the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
Breastfeeding your baby
It is important that your baby is positioned and attached correctly at the breast to make sure breastfeeding gets off to a good start and goes well.
Recognising that your baby is getting enough milk.
Knowing how to hand express breast milk can be helpful for lots of different reasons.
Most babies need only breast milk until they are around six months old.
There are a range of Breast Buddies support groups in Rotherham, click the image below for more information.
Sterilising equipment information can be found here.
Formula milk preparation information can be found here.
Getting to know your baby
Starting to get to know your baby during your pregnancy.
Building a relationship with your baby after birth.
You will be able to discuss infant feeding one-to-one with a midwive or a health visitor who will be able to answer any questions you may have. All staff have been specially trained and are able to offer information about the infant feeding. How you feed your baby is really important. You so not have to decide until after your baby is born. Lots of mums offer their babies a 'one off' breastfeed whilst baby is held against mum's skin after birth.
For more information on local support please click here.