On this page:
Meeting your baby for the first time
- Emotional changes after the birth of your baby
- Your baby’s health and development
- Expert advice of safer baby sleep
- Guide to baby slings
- Local Sling Meeting
- Meningitis Baby Watch
- My Baby is on IV Antibiotics
As a maternity unit we will support you with your infant feeding choices. We have worked closely with our mums and have put together some information to help and support you in your infant feeding journey.
How we can support you in Barnsley – Parents guide to Infant Feeding Policy
Mothers produce colostrum in pregnancy, learning how to express colostrum during pregnancy is a useful skill for all mothers. Harvesting your colostrum or antenatal collection is beneficial for you and your baby. Pregnant women can start to express their breast milk from 36 completed weeks of pregnancy. The amount of breast milk you get will vary from a few drops to a teaspoon.
Why express whilst pregnant? Expressing during pregnancy, will mean that you become familiar with your breasts and how they work and make you feel more confident after birth.
- It will give you an understanding of how far your baby’s mouth needs to be on the breast when he latches on.
- If your baby needs encouragement to feed you will be able to express small amounts of colostrum into their mouth or onto their lips.
- If your baby has difficulty feeding or being cared for on a neonatal unit you will be able to express colostrum.
- By becoming familiar with your breast during pregnancy, you will recognise changes in your breast and be able to hand express to avoid problems with engorgement or mastitis.
- Knowledge of how to express milk if you ever need to.
If you would like any further information or support, please speak to your midwife or email: BDG-TR.firstname.lastname@example.org
Click the below items to expand and reveal the videos:
Healthy Start Guide
The importance of building a relationship with your baby
When you meet your baby for the first time
How to position and attach your baby to the breast
What causes sore nipples?
How to hand express and when hand expression might be useful
Responding to your babies needs
How to maximise your breast milk
A guide for infant formula and responsive bottle feeding
Information is available in other languages – please ask your midwife
24 hour access in the first few weeks with your baby
Barnsley Infant Feeding Service – working within the community
01226 775700 – Monday to Friday 9–4pm
07853 893430 – Saturday 9.30–12.30pm
0-19 Service (Health Visiting)
01226 774411 – 9-5pm Monday to Friday
National Breastfeeding helpline
0300 100 0212 – 9.30-9.30pm every day
Getting your baby off to the best start (start 4 life leaflet) https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2010/11/otbs_leaflet.pdf
Caring for your baby at night https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/08/Caring-for-your-baby-at-night-web.pdf
Having twins or triplets?
Breast feeding at study or work https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2008/04/breastfeedingandwork.pdf
Starting your baby on solid foods https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2008/02/Start4Life-Introducing-Solid-Foods-2015.pdf
Other useful information
Best Beginnings from bump to breast feeding – a mums journey https://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/from-bump-to-breastfeeding
Coping with Infant crying
“Babies Cry, You Can Cope – never, ever shake or hurt a baby” is the message from ‘ICON’ – a new programme of intervention that aims to help parents and carers to cope with a crying baby.
Developed by the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and the NHS, ICON involves midwives, health visitors, GPs and other professionals, who work with families, from a range of different organisations. It focuses on highlighting to parents and carers how they can cope with a crying baby and help to avoid them losing control and potentially harming a baby.
ICON represents the following important messages for parents and carers of babies and young children:
- I – Infant crying is normal and it will stop
- C– Comforting can sometimes soothe the baby – is the baby hungry, tired or in need of a nappy change
- O– It’s okay to walk away for a few minutes if the crying is getting too much for you but you must leave the baby so it is safe, and return to check on the baby once you are calm
- N– Never shake or harm a baby; it can cause lasting damage or death
This graph shows the normal pattern of early infant crying from 2weeks to 4-5 months