Feeding and Caring for Your Baby

Most women choose to breastfeed as they are aware of the many benefits that breastmilk offers for them and their babies. However, other considerations may lead some women to choose to bottle feed. Information to assist you to make the right choice for you and your baby is available from your midwife. You do not have to make this decision until your baby is born.

Whatever your choice, you will be assisted with early feeding by your midwife.

To find out more about breastfeeding, bottle feeding or caring for your baby, click on the relevant area below.

Breastfeeding

Why breastfeed?

What to expect

Preparing for breastfeeding

Breastfeeding in the first few days

How do I know when to feed my baby?

Building your milk supply

How do I know if breastfeeding is going well?

How do I know if my baby is feeding and attached correctly?

Signs that your baby isn’t well attached

Dads and breastfeeding

Breastfeeding a baby on the Neonatal Unit

Help and support

What if I want to continue breastfeeding with bottle feeding?

Bottle feeding

What to bring into hospital

Early days

Feeding your baby responsively

How do I know my baby is having enough milk?

Caring for your baby

Connecting with your growing baby

Meeting your new baby

Caring for your baby at night

Visitor restrictions

To protect you and our staff during the current outbreak of Covid-19 we’ve put in place significant restrictions on hospital visitors.

Full details of these can be found on our website.

We would like to thank you for your understanding and helping us stop the spread of Covid-19.

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