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Feeding your baby - breastfeeding

Wandsworth Little Feet

Wandsworth believes that breastfeeding is the healthiest way for a mother to feed her baby and recognises the important health benefits now known to exist for you both.

Breastfeeding Support Groups are available across the Borough.

All mothers have the right to receive clear and impartial information, in order to make a fully informed choice of how you feed your baby.

If you decide not to breastfeed, that is your right but it is important to know that it is very difficult to change from bottle to breastfeeding.

Whatever method of feeding you choose, your midwife, health visitor, or breastfeeding counsellor can explain how to do it.

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months (World Health Organisation WHO; Department of Health DOH) and then partially after the introduction of solid foods for as long as families wish.  WHO recommends up until two years of age and beyond.

Breastfeeding gives a baby the best possible start to life by protecting against:

  • Ear infections

  • Chest infections

  • Gastroenteritis (tummy upsets)

  • Urinary tract infections

  • Diabetes

  • Obesity

  • High blood pressure in later life

In addition breastfed babies are less likely to develop allergies.

Breastfeeding benefits for mother:

  • Pre-menopausal protection against breast cancer and ovarian cancer

  • Protects against osteoporosis in later life (weak bones and fractures)

  • Breast feeding will help you to lose weight more quicker as it uses up the fat stores from pregnancy.

Many mothers and babies breastfeed well from the beginning whilst for others it takes a little longer to learn. Breastfeeding should be pain free, so do ask your midwife or health visitor for help if you are finding feeds painful. The most common cause for pain is because the baby is not correctly attaching to the breast. If this is not corrected it can lead on to other problems such as sore nipples, engorged breasts, possible mastitis which in turn can lead to insufficient milk supply.

So it is really important to seek help early as these problems can be overcome.

Click here for information on common breastfeeding problems

Click here for clear steps and videos demonstrating how to breastfeed

The following websites provide informative advice and support on breastfeeding:

Best Beginnings

NHS Choices: your pregnancy and baby guide

Breastfeeding Network support
Open 9:30am to 9pm Tel: 0300 100 0210

La Leche League
24hrs Help Line Tel: 0845 120 2918

NCT Breastfeeding Helpline
Open 8 am to 10pm Tel: 0870 444 8708

Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme

National Childbirth Trust
8am to Midnight 0300 33 00 771

Related internet links

Why breastfeed?

Watch videos on how to breastfeed

Watch 'From Bump to Breastfeeding' information videos

Breastfeeding in the first few days

Common problems when breastfeeding

Breastfeeding in public

Expressing and storing breast milk

Breastfeeding a premature baby

Going back to work

Your lifestyle and breastfeeding

Bottle feeding advice

Combining breast and bottle

Making up infant formula

Types of infant formula

Infant formula: common questions

Breastfeeding twins

Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact Us:

fis@wandsworth.gov.uk 
020 8871 7899
Text us on 07797 805 456 - text FIS at the beginning of your message

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