There has never been a more important time to breastfeed or provide breast milk for your baby than now, as the unique properties will help build your baby’s immune system. Some women who hadn’t previously thought about breastfeeding are now doing so and some are expressing their milk for their baby. Other women are deciding to feed for longer than they had originally thought to do so or to resume breastfeeding. Where you have challenges, aim to maximise your supply by expressing where you can, as giving even partial breast milk affords health advantages to your baby.
If you have (or have had) the Coronavirus, current information is to keep feeding your baby. Unicef provides some practical information for caring for your baby during the pandemic: https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/infant-feeding-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/
Why not use this time to stay close to your baby and enjoy skin to skin, and getting to know one another.
National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212 from 9.30am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week. The helpline also has live online 121 support via Facebook at www.facebook.com/nationalbreastfeedinghelpline or Webchat at bit.lyNBHChat
Message the local page: one of the NCT supporters can arrange a virtual chat If anyone doesn’t use Facebook: email email@example.com
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300 330 5453 9:30am -10:30pm every day of the year
Twins Trust: 0800 138 0509 Monday –Friday 10am-1pm and 7pm-10pm
For Wokingham women only: https://www.facebook.com/Breastfeeding-Network-Wokingham-area-100975088232671/ - request a video call by messaging the facebook page and a phone call by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
www.babyfriendly.org.uk also have extensive feeding resources, video clips etc.
Global Health Media: For advice on attaching and expressing https://globalhealthmedia.org/portfolio-items/attaching-your-baby-at-the-breast/ https://globalhealthmedia.org/portfolio-items/how-to-express-breastmilk/?portfolioCats=191%2C94%2C13%2C23%2C65
Information on infant formula can be found at: https://www.firststepsnutrition.org/parents-carers
Information for parents on bottle feeding can be found at: https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/bottle-feeding-resources/infant-formula-responsive-bottle-feeding-guide-for-parents/
Other evidence-based websites (good for boosting supply and if you are thinking of resuming breastfeeding)
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers, Breastfeeding Network (BFN) – domperidone and breastfeeding, BFN – increasing milk supply, BFN – anxiety and breastfeeding, Kelly Mom, La Leche League (LLL) – formula supplements, LLL – at breast supplementers.
Your baby may feed more frequently as you work at rebooting your supply
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.
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