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Infant feeding

We 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 your arms.

Rotherham’s Infant feeding Team provide a specialist breastfeeding clinic to support mothers and babies and can be contacted via:

Breastfeeding info pic

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.

Why not come along to one of our breastfeeding workshops for expectant parents. Ask your midwife or contact Wharncliffe Ward for further information.

Please note that our face-to-face support sessions are currently on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Here are some videos of our team telling you more about feeding your baby.

Out and about with your baby

Breastfeeding - out and about

How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?

Breastfeeding - how do I know


Here is some further information and guidance which you may find useful:

Health Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby 

Importance of Early Skin-to-Skin Contact for the Baby

Baby’s First Feed

Developing a Relationship with your Baby Before Birth

Feeding Cues

Hand Expression and How to Recognise your Baby is Getting Enough to Eat

Breastfeeding out and about

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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.

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