Breast feeding

Breastfeeding

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust run regular breastfeeding workshops and Mom2Mom classes to help pregnant woman and their families prepare for feeding and caring for their new baby. We strongly recommend attending however you think you might feed your baby. To book please call 01384 244358 between 10am-12noon Monday-Friday.

What happens in your baby’s first years of life has a big impact on how healthy he will be in the future.

Breastfeeding provides everything your baby needs in terms of nutrition, protection and comfort.

Colostrum is the yellowish, sticky breastmilk produced at the end of pregnancy. It is recommended by WHO (World Health Organisation) as the perfect food for newborn babies and feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth.

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. There are many benefits to breastfeeding:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/benefits-breastfeeding/#close

All midwives and maternity support workers receive regular training to help you get your breastfeeding journey off to the best start.

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/positioning-and-attachment-video/

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/off-to-the-best-start/

There is lots of support available within the Dudley borough once you have left hospital. In addition to the support you will receive from your community midwife and health visitor, Dudley breastfeeding peer support run regular groups throughout the week for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/dudleybreastfeeding/