Feeding your baby
are here to support you with your feeding choices.
Talk to your Midwife and Health Visitor who can answer your questions and give you some tips
to help get feeding started.
We want to help
and support you to look at feeding options and make the right feeding choice for you and your family.
Remember you don’t have to
make a decision about how you will feed your baby until you hold your baby in
Rotherham’s Infant feeding
Team provide a specialist breastfeeding clinic to support mothers and babies
and can be contacted via: email@example.com
Thinking of breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding can help to give your baby the very best start in life.
Your milk is made for your baby and changes during each feed and throughout
the day according to your baby’s needs. Your milk is designed for your baby.
Formula milk is made from cow’s milk. It is a standard recipe for all
babies. It does not change according to your baby’s needs as breast milk does. Breastfeeding provides your baby with so much more than food;
breastfeeding offers your baby comfort and protection too.
Introduction to breastfeeding
Why breastfeed? Click on the image below to watch a video on the benefits of breastfeeding. Or click here.
Click on the images below to watch videos where you'll hear a bit about the science behind why human milk is best for babies, and in the next video, find out the difference between breast milk and formula, and why there is no real substitute to human milk. If you would like to read what the NHS says about breastfeeding, click here to visit the page.
For practical tips in helping you breastfeed your baby, check out the leaflet:
For more information on the benefits of breastfeeding see the links below, which will take you to external web pages:
The Baby Buddy app provides information for you
and your growing baby in pregnancy and following the birth. It is free to
The importance of skin-to-skin contact with your baby
Getting breastfeeding right
How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?
Further information and guidance which you may find useful:
How partners can help
Partners can get involved in caring for their baby in lots of ways. Breastfeeding is only one of the many ways you can care for your new baby.
Cuddles are really important and a good way of building your relationship with your baby
There may be a small amount of wind after a feed so sitting your baby upright or resting baby’s head on your shoulder may help
Taking your baby out for a walk in the pram will give you time to get to know them
Bath time can be lots of fun and dads are really good at this
Changing your baby’s nappy or just talking and playing with your baby while he is on the changing mat will help you to get closer
Dads are particularly good at getting baby off to sleep
You can help by making your partner a sandwich or simple meal and ensuring she has plenty of drinks throughout the day particularly when she sits down to breastfeed
Help your partner by sharing the load with some of the household chores
Doing any of the things listed above can give your partner a break
Your partner will find it easier to breastfeed if she is free from stress so try to take things easy, don’t worry about “getting back to normal”
Making sure you, your partner and your baby doesn’t have more visitors than she can cope with
The more support you give your partner the longer she is likely to breastfeed, and this is good for baby and mum.