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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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 babyBarnsley 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
Feeding your baby and climate change
Building a happy baby https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/04/happybaby_leaflet_web.pdfGetting 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