There is nothing you can do for your child in his/her whole life that will affect them both emotionally and physically as profoundly as breastfeeding. It is also important for your own body and affects a surprising number of health issues.

We hope you find the following resources helpful prior to and throughout your breastfeeding journey.

Resources:  Click on images to access resource

Human Milk

Good Start

Click on link below for the benefits of breastfeeding for babies and mothers and tips on how to breastfeed successfully. It covers issues including how breastfeeding works, positioning and attachment, how to know if breastfeeding is going well, expressing milk, breastfeeding and babies in special care, advice on breastfeeding and bed-sharing, dealing with common problems, fitting breastfeeding into your life, and going back to work.

Skin to Skin Contact

Attaching your Baby to the Breast

Hand Expression

Building a Happy Baby: A Guide for Parents

Responsive bottle feeding

We are a Baby Friendly Accredited Trust and therefore support the wellbeing and life chances of all babies, whether breast or bottle fed. Whilst breastfeeding is the best option for babies, and we support mothers who breastfeed, we also aim to support those mothers who have made the informed choice to formula feed.  This ensures all babies receive high standards of care and the best possible chance to thrive regardless of feeding type.

Infant formula and responsive bottle feeding

Guide to bottle feeding

Breastfeeding Local Support Groups

Information from The UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative and "The womanly Art of Breastfeeding" by La Leche League International.