Feeding With Love

Feeding With Love


Breastfeeding a newborn burns around 500 calories a day

It is illegal for anyone to tell you to stop breastfeeding in public unless there is a clear health and safety risk. This applies to children of all ages.

WHO (world health organisation) state “Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.”

Breastfeeding boxes can be helpful. Full of books, snacks and plenty of drinks, these are placed next to where you breastfeed. You have everything you need next to you for a long feed and to keep you entertained if baby falls asleep. These can be useful if you have an older child to look after, you can make one for them too!

The cradle and football holds are the most common breastfeeding positions. The lying down position is good if you need a snooze.

A very happy (and full!) baby

Support Can Be The Link

Between Failure And Success

MILK is our local breastfeeding support group. If baby is less than 28 days old you can get help from a maternity support worker.

Benefits Of Breastfeeding

For Mum

For Baby

Reduces the risk of female cancers

Colostrum lines gut

Can be used as natural family planning

Gets antibodies from mum

Reduces risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Meconium is cleared quicker

Reduces Risk of Osteoporosis

Ill less often and gets better quicker

Shrinks uterus quicker after birth

Lowers risk of heart disease

Less poeey bum changes (as the majority of breastmilk is used up by the babies body. This is normal for breastfed babies and is fine as long as they aren't in discomfort)

Lowers risk of chest infections

Oxytocin helps you get back to sleep after a night feed

Lowers risk of asthma and eczema

On tap

Lowers risk of SIDS

Saves around £450 a year

Higher IQ


Lowers risk of obesiity


Lowers risk of childhood cancers

Breastfeeding mums get an average an extra 20 minutes of sleep a night


Human Milk For Human Babies is a breast milk exchange. The milk is not screened but useful if you want to donate milk or receive milk when your baby becomes a little older

Supplementing with formula from a young age is likely to reduce your supply. If you're unsure on advice seek a second opinion. Don't be afraid to ask

Breastfeeding A Toddler


Breastfeeding provides toddlers with:

29% energy requirements

43% protein

36% calcium requirements

75% vitamin A requirements

76% folate requirements

94% vitamin B12 requirements

60% vitamin C requirements

Natural weaning age is between 3-5 years old

Bottle feeding the breastfed baby

.Make sure baby is 'latched' onto the bottle like they would be at the breast

.Be baby led, they should swallow after every 1-2 sucks and pause every 15-20 swallows

How to see if baby is latched on:

.Bottom lip is curled over teat

.Nipple is hidden from view (they should not suck on the nipple only)

.Lips are at or near base of teat


Pictures from NCT http://www.nct.org.uk/sites/default/files/related_documents/NCT_Breastfeeding_sxs_FINAL.pdf

Formula Feeding

.Hold baby in a similar position to the breast feeding cradle hold

.Be baby-led with milk intake

.Make eye contact during the feed

.Never leave the baby with the bottle propped up

.Always prepare formula with boiled water


More information can be found here:


Breastfeeding and Dental Health