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INFANT FEEDING SUPPORT

Useful information about infant feeding support

Infant feeding support

Infant feeding may consist of breastfeeding, expressing, formula feeding or a combination. It also relates to complementary feeding (weaning) around the age of six months. You can find out lots of information below about infant feeding and the support available.

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Breastfeeding

Family Hubs work closely with the Infant Feeding Coordinator to promote and support breastfeeding. 
It’s good to find out as much as you can about breastfeeding before the birth. Knowing what to expect should help you feel as confident as possible when you’ve just given birth and want to breastfeed your baby. Find out more about breastfeeding, from the first few days onwards on the NHS website by clicking here.

Your local midwife or health visitor should be your first point of contact if you need more information and advice about breastfeeding. They will be able to put you in touch with a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter or more specialist support if needed. 

There is a wealth of support available online and the National Breastfeeding helpline, contactable on 0300 100 0212, is a great service for those who prefer to speak to someone over the phone. 

How your partner can support breastfeeding 

Getting support from a partner can be very helpful when you're breastfeeding. Practical ways partners can help with breastfeeding include: 

  • Going to antenatal or breastfeeding sessions – ask your midwife or at a local Family Hub for details 

  • Giving emotional and practical support – praising and encouraging someone who is breastfeeding can help to build their confidence 

  • Arranging paternity leave – talk to your employer about paternity leave early on, so you can plan leave that suits your family's needs 

  • Making life easier – for example, bring your partner dinner if the baby wants to feed at the same time, or bring them a glass of water and a magazine while they're feeding the baby, or perhaps arrange for family or friends to keep your partner company while you're at work 

  • Doing your bit around the home – so your partner can focus on caring for the baby and getting breastfeeding off to a good start 

  • Providing some stress relief – if you have young children, take the stress away from your partner by keeping them entertained when the baby is feeding 

  • Getting involved in your baby's care – spending time skin to skin with baby, bathing your baby, changing nappies and helping at bedtime are great ways to get close to your baby  

 

For more tips and support for partners, visit our Parent Zone.

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Infant Feeding support group document February 2024

'Breastfeeding friendly' locations

Our Family Hubs are 'Breastfeeding Friendly' and can be a great place to practice feeding out and about in the first few weeks and months.

Click here to find your nearest Family Hub

Click here to find out more about Northumberland Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme and view the list of venues on the Council's website

Infant feeding support groups 

Infant feeding support groups are great places to make new friends and share the ups and downs of looking after a baby. There's no need to make an appointment – just go along when you can. View upcoming Infant feeding support groups happening in your area by clicking here or on the image to the left.

Hub opening hours can be found on our 'Find a Family Hub' page by clicking here.

Start For Life Breastfeeding Friend

Find out how to get NHS trusted advice from the Start for Life Breastfeeding Friend by clicking here, available on Amazon Alexa and Facebook Messenger.

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Employers Helpsheet for parents returning to work when breastfeeding

Are you an employer?

Find out how to support your employees when returning to work and choosing to continue to breastfeeding...

Returning to work is a common reason why women STOP breastfeeding earlier than they would have liked. But with a little support from their employers, families often find it beneficial to continue breastfeeding.

Click here to find out how you can support your employees when returning to work and choosing to continue breastfeeding with this handy help sheet.

To find out what's available in your area: 

Breastfeeding helplines and websites 

Helplines 

  • National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212 

  • Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300 330 5453 

  • La Leche League: 0345 120 2918 

  • National Childbirth Trust (NCT): 0300 330 0700 

  • The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti: 0300 456 2421 

 

Websites 

 

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