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Feeding your baby

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.  

Introduction to breastfeeding

Why breastfeed? Click on the image below to watch a video on the benefits of breastfeeding. Or click here.

Breastfeeding benefits

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

Human milk image          formula breast milk

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:

Breastfeeding nurtures 2

Relationship building

The Baby Buddy app provides information for you and your growing baby in pregnancy and following the birth. It is free to download. 

The importance of skin-to-skin contact with your baby
Getting breastfeeding right

Breastfeeding well

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

Breastfeeding - how do I know


Responsive breastfeeding

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.

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