Breastfeeding

Our Breastfeeding Support Group offers a friendly inviting environment to meet other parents and share similar experiences. The Children’s Centre Breastfeeding support champions and Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are on hand to help with any challenges you may be experiencing, but often parents come along simply because they enjoy the social support from other mums.

Why Breastfeed?

  • Breastfeeding gives babies the best start in life.
  • Breastmilk gives babies all the nutrients they need for the first six months of their life. They need nothing else.
  • The longer you breastfeed, the better for your baby.
  • Breastmilk helps protect babies from infection.
  • Breastfeeding also reduces mothers’ chances of getting certain diseases later in life.
  • Breastfeeding allows you and your baby to get closer – physically and emotionally. So while your child is feeding, the bond between you can grow stronger.
  • Women who breastfeed return to their pre-pregnancy figure faster.

Skin To Skin

What are the benefits of skin-to-skin contact?

  • Regulate the new baby’s temperature
  • Regulate the baby’s blood sugar
  • Encourage bonding, which is important for mum and dad
  • Stabilize baby’s heart rate and respiratory rate

Skin-to-skin contact promotes bonding between dad and baby. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Laid-back breastfeeding, or Biological Nurturing

laid- back breastfeeding, or Biological Nurturing

Laid-back breastfeeding, or Biological Nurturing, means getting comfortable with your baby and encouraging your own and your baby’s natural breastfeeding instincts. See biologicalnurturing.com for further information.

 

  • Dress yourself and your baby as you choose.
  • Find a bed or couch where you can lean back and be well supported— not flat, but comfortably leaning back so that when you put your baby on
    your chest, gravity will keep him in position with his body molded to yours.
  • Have your head and shoulders well supported. Let your baby’s whole front touch your whole front.
  • Since you’re leaning back, you don’t have a lap, so your baby can rest on you in any position you like. Just make sure her whole front is against you.
  • Let your baby’s cheek rest somewhere near your bare breast.
  • Help her as much as you like; help her do what she’s trying to do. You’re a team.
  • Hold your breast or not, as you like.
  • Relax and enjoy each other.

Breastfeeing Support at Our Centres 
We offer breastfeeding support in some of our groups for information please see our timetable

For breastfeeding mums and for pregnant mums deciding on how they are going to feed their child when it is born

  • For breastfeeding support, information and advice
  • Help from, qualified breastfeeding peer supporters, other breastfeeding mums, Member of staff: Timea who is a peer support Champion & leaflets
  • Friendly
  • Calm
  • Informal
  • Meet other mums going through the same as you
  • Relaxing
  • Supportive atmosphere
  • Practical advice
  • Your own experience might even help someone else

Our “Breastfeeding Peer Supporters”

Our Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are local mothers, with a wide range of age and experience, who have all breastfed. They have trained to offer friendly advice and support to pregnant and breastfeeding women. Our Peer Supporters can give you advice in our Baby Oasis groups as well as our Baby Friend’s Parent Led group at Beacon Heath who has a peer supporter on hand.

Would you like to become a breastfeeding peer supporter? Read our leaflet on becoming one here –

 

How to Breastfeed

  • Relax
  • Make sure you are sitting comfortably and are well supported – perhaps use a pillow.
  • Have your baby’s whole body and head turned towards you.
  • Start with your baby’s nose opposite your nipple and allow the baby’s head to tilt back. Move your baby’s mouth gently across your nipple until your baby’s mouth opens really wide.
  • Always take your baby to your breast, not your breast to your baby. Your baby’s bottom lip and chin should touch your breast first.
  • With your baby’s chin in close contact with your breast, your baby is able to breathe easily.
  • You may need to support your breast by gently holding it in place.

Babies love to breastfeed and will usually come off by themselves when they have had enough

Nappuccino – Cloth Nappy Baby Group

 

This is a group that runs in our community that is run by one of our peer supporters – Jen Harris

Usefull Breasfeeding Links

Kelly Moms

http://kellymom.com/

 

UNICEF Infant sleep Information

http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/Health-Professionals/Care-Pathways/Breastfeeding/

https://www.isisonline.org.uk/

Laid back breastfeeding – DVD clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYRg8DTbZCc

First Steps Nutrition – information on infant formula and infant nutrition

http://www.firststepsnutrition.org/

Breastfeeding Network

http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/

Real Nappies

http://www.exeterbabies.co.uk/?page_id=18

NHS

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/breastfeeding-help-support.aspx#close

FACEBOOK

Exeter Breastfeeding mums

Jen Harris (Exeter Babies)

HELPLINES

National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212
NCT Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 330 0771
La Leche League Helpline 0845 120 2918
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers 0300 330 5453

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