Saying “Hello” to your baby can start today. Developing a relationship with your unborn baby and learning about responsive feeding, can help prepare you to recognise and meet your baby’s emotional and physical needs once born.
Infant feeding classes: These are drop in sessions and are held at various times and places as listed in the PDF here for 2019 - please note this has been updated and that the evening classes held on Tues & Wed at RBH are now 7pm - 8.30pm. Please bring a soft doll or teddy to the class.
Please see the Building a Happy Baby leaflet under the list of links opposite. Reading this leaflet can help in preparation for parenthood.
Breast feeding clinic hours:
Please note that the Breast feeding clinic will be available by appointment only. Your feeding needs to be assessed initially by your Community Midwife, Maternity Support Worker, Health Visitor or BfN supporter, and if challenges are identified that may require further specialist support you can be referred to us. Your GP can also refer you. You or your health care worker can telephone 0118 322 7295 to arrange a suitable time. The clinics are held in an open plan room, but screens are available if you want more privacy, please speak to the staff in the clinic when you arrive.
Tuesdays (RBH) 11:00-13:00
Wednesday (Wokingham) 14:00-16:00
Thursdays (RBH) 11:00-13:00
If you are already expressing breast milk, you may wish to bring your own equipment. It is also helpful if you could bring your maternity notes or 'red book' (PCHR).
Please make good use of your local drop in sessions run by the BfN in Reading and Wokingham and Community Hubs for West Berkshire (see the links on right hand side for details).
For out of hours telephone support either ring Marsh 0118 322 7319 or Iffley 0118 322 7323 or the following National support numbers:
National Breastfeeding Helpline - 0300 100 0212
BfN supporter line - 0300 100 0210
Both lines are open between 9:30am – 9:30pm every day, call to speak to trained volunteer mothers
The Clinic is in the Maternity Block on Craven Road. Nearest car park is Craven Road multi-storey. Leave the building at level 1, turn right (up hill). Maternity Block is the next building on the right. Ask at Maternity reception for the Parentcraft Room.
The Clinic is being held in the General Purpose room on the ground floor. Report to reception who will give you directions to the room when you arrive. The address is:
Wokingham Community Hospital
41 Barkham Road
Berkshire RG41 2RE
If you are preparing bottle feeds for your baby, RBHFT suggest that you follow the DoH Start4Life guidelines closely. You can can download “Guide to bottle Feeding” booklet Department of Health Start 4 Life by clicking here and the First Steps/Unicef Baby friendly guidance on "What infant formula to choose" here.
For a pictorial guide to your baby's bowel movements over the first few days, please click here.
For other useful information on breast & bottle feeding, caring for your baby at night, relationship building and how to hand express your milk click here for the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative website.
For the Baby Buddy app please click here for the Best Beginnings website.
Level 4 Maternity Block
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
0118 322 8314
Answerphone is checked daily at 10:00am