Infant Feeding

Helpful leaflets and booklets

Off to the best start in life

Lullaby Trust breastfeeding information leaflet

Breastfeeding after returning to work or study

Helpful videos for breastfeeding

Human milk for human babies, a video on the benefits of breastfeeding can be found via this link here

Video on breastfeeding and relationships in the early days from UNICEF can be found  here

Video on Best Beginnings from UNICEF can be found here

Advice on feeding a newborn from County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust can be found here

Helpful Websites and Apps

Baby Buddy app

Feedfinder app

Breastfeeding welcome

Advice for Grandparents

Grandparents can play an important role in supporting breastfeeding and ensuring your grandchild gets the best start in life.  This leaflet  from Public Health England explains how.

The Association for Breastfeeding Mothers also have a very useful information leaflet.  This leaflet can be accessed in English, Welsh, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi and Polish via the following link



THE NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING NETWORK Helpline : 0300 100 0212 provides independent, confidential, mother-centred non-judgemental breastfeeding support and information.  Funded by Public Health England and the Scottish Government.  Open from 9.30am to 9.30pm every single day of the year.  Calls to the Helpline cost no more than calls to UK numbers starting with 01 and are part of any inclusive minutes that apply to your mobile provider or call package.

LA LECHE LEAGUE breastfeeding helpline : 0345 120 2918.  Open 8am to 11pm, seven days a week.


New partnership pledges clear and consistent evidence-based guidance on medicines for pregnant and breastfeeding women

In the UK, hundreds of thousands of babies are born each year, and more than 50% of expectant women will need to take a medicine of some description when pregnant.

The Safer Medicines in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Consortium gives clear information for pregnant and breastfeeding women and healthcare professionals, through accessible, clear and consistent advice.

A link with resources and guidance can be found here.


Most infant formula is made from cows’ milk and it has been treated to make it suitable for babies. Infant formula can be bought as a powder or ready made.

It is important you give your baby the right formula for their age. First infant formula is often described suitable for newborn babies. there are many brands you can choose from, it is your choice to  pick one.

Never change your baby’s formula milk before talking to your midwife, health visitor or doctor.

What you need

  • bottles, teats and bottle cover
  • bottle brush & teat brush
  • formula powder or ready made formula
  • sterilising equipment

How to make up a feed with milk powder

  • Fill the kettle with fresh water from the cold tap and boil the water
  • Leave the boiled water in the kettle to cool for 30 mins
  • On a clean surface stand the bottle (leave the teat and bottle lid in the steriliser)
  • Read the instructions on the milk powder container. fill the water  to the right water level
  • Use the scoop to add the milk powder  – check the instructions on the milk power container for amount. always level off the scoop with a clean leveller provided the flat edge of a clean & dry knife
  • Screw on the teat (try to touch the edge of teat only) then cover with the bottle lid and shake well until the powder dissolves
  • Always check the temperature of the milk before you feed your baby. do this by dropping some milk on the inside of your wrist. It should not feel hot
  • After your baby has finished the feed, always throw out any feed remaining in the bottle.

Cleaning and sterilising feeding equipment


Baby: Benefits of breast feeding

  • Made especially for your baby and meets their growing needs.
  • Your baby is less likely to have chest infections, diarrhoea and vomiting which need hospital treatment. In adulthood less likely to become overweight, have diabetes,Reduced chance of ear infections, constipation & eczema. Reduced risk of Sudden infant death Contains the vitamins and minerals for your baby’s needs

Mum: Benefits of breast feeding

Can Lower your risk of breast cancerCan reduce your risk of getting ovarian cancer, diabetes & weak bonesyou can burn up to 500 extra calories which may aid your pregnancy weight lossCan save you money compared to bottle feeding

When your baby is born

After your baby is born keep him/her close to your skin. Baby’s like to be fed within 1 hour after. Skin to Skin is a fantastic way to:

  • Soothe your baby
  • Keep your baby warm
  • Help your baby to start feeding

Signs your baby is ready to feed

Getting to know your baby and bonding is important for you both. It will be good for you to notice when your baby is showing signs they are needing a feed to avoid the crying phase. Some of the signs include:

  • Your baby looking around the room
  • Opening their mouth
  • Licking their lips
  • Making sucking noises

Signs to look for to know your baby is feeding well

  • Your baby’s has a large mouthful of breast
  • Your baby’s top lip should have more dark skin above it than below their bottom lip
  • Your baby’s chin is on your breast
  • Your baby has Round full cheeks
  • Your baby does not make no clicky noises when sucking


You can talk to your midwife, health care assistant or health visitor.

onlineleafletstelephone to breastfeed and signs your baby is feeding well and hand expressing help from the Breastfeeding friend (NHS approved)Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant & Facebook Messenger



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