At birth, giving your baby long skin-to-skin contact for consistency and to maximise benefits will help to keep baby warm, calm you both, regulate baby's heart rate and breathing, and stimulate mothering hormones which helps you form a close bond and increase breast milk supply. This helps breastfeeding get off to a good start. We offer Breastfeeding in the Early Weeks workshops as well as breastfeeding drop in clinics. For more information look at our local infant feeding services (Community Breastfeeding Services leaflet) or contact the health visiting team on 020 8661 3904 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way for a mum to feed her baby with many health benefits for both mother and child. Breastfeeding isn’t just about food - baby’s immediate needs are to feel safe and secure, and to be able to feed whenever hungry. We encourage responsive feeding, which means recognising your baby’s cues to feed, whenever and for as long as baby needs. Frequent feeding is normal. Exclusive breastfeeding is all your baby needs for the best start in life, babies need no food or drink other than breast milk for the first six months.
If you choose to, are advised to or have to bottle feed your baby, you will be given information to help you bottle feed as safely as possible and help your baby have a close and loving experience. It is best for you and your partner to feed your baby in the early weeks. This will help your baby to feel safe and secure, get used to your way of bottle feeding, and enable you to form a close and loving bond.