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Meeting your baby for the first time

Useful Resources

Infant Feeding

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 BarnsleyParents guide to Infant Feeding Policy

Antenatal Harvesting or Antenatal Collection of your colostrum

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.infantfeedingteam@nhs.net

Video Guides

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Human Milk

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

How to support your partner with breastfeeding

Useful contacts

Maternity Unit – Antenatal/Postnatal ward 01226 432242
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

Find your local infant feeding group



0-19 Service (Health Visiting)
01226 774411 – 9-5pm Monday to Friday

National Breastfeeding helpline
0300 100 0212 – 9.30-9.30pm every day

Further reading

Building a happy baby https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/04/happybaby_leaflet_web.pdf

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



Preventing Traumatic Head Injury in Babies

How to Comfort Your Baby

Dads Please Talk

Parent Relaxation

Dads Talk Earlier, Do Not Wait