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Infant feeding

Help with feeding your baby

Whatever way you choose to feed your baby – directly from your breasts, using expressed milk, giving formula or a mix of these methods – you may find you need help to learn the new skills involved as you and your baby get to know each other and what you both like.

There is help and support available both locally and nationally through classes, videos and helplines.

You will still receive home visiting and telephone support from the community midwifery teams, and Health Visitors have resumed home visits

Tongue Tie service has resumed: Referrals only from your Community Midwife/ Health Visitor/ GP. We are sorry that at the moment we cannot offer our normal feeding classes but we have pre-recorded a film so the class can come to you.  Follow the links below to the Royal Berkshire hospital page on YouTube.com.

Please also take a look at the Feeding and Relationship videos posted on our FB page

Local Groups

NCT local breastfeeding counsellors Facebook page.

Message the local page: one of the NCT supporters can arrange a virtual chat or you can email parentsupport.readingnct.org.uk 

For women living in Wokingham only: Breastfeeding network Wokingham area - request a video call by messaging the Facebook page and a phone call by emailing wokingham@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk 

For women living in West Berkshire only: Breastfeeding support West Berkshire Community - Jo Roberts and her team hold regular breast feeding support zooms on Thursday afternoons.

National Groups

Call on 0300 330 0700

08:00 am - 24:00pm every day including bank holidays.

0300 100 0212 from 09:30 am - 21:30 pm, 7 days a week. Live online support via web chat.

Call: 0300 330 5453, 09:30 am - 22:30 pm every day of the year.

Call: 0800 138 0509, Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 13:00 pm and 19:00 pm - 22:00 pm.

Key points

  • Keep your baby close – respond to your baby’s needs for food love and comfort.
  • Meeting your baby’s needs will help meet your emotional needs too.
  • Express by hand and pump after feeds to encourage your supply.
  • Adopt more skin contact when you feed.
  • Monitor your baby’s wellbeing by checking for heavy, wet and dirty nappies and how content baby seems each day.

Breast feeding and bottle feeding charts

Most new parents invariably ask: 'How can I tell if my baby is getting enough food and my feeding is going well?".

We have produced two new charts to help you - "How do I know if breast feeding is going well?" and "How do I know if bottle feeding is going well?".

Have a look at these charts as they will give you an idea of your baby's feeding progress.  Scroll down and look at the nappy matters sheet, it’s an easy way to see at a glance that things are usually ok, as if enough is going in then enough comes out!

Please talk to your midwife or any Health care professional if you have any feeding concerns.

For a pictorial guide to your baby's bowel movements over the first few days, please click here.

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