- 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
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
- Meet other mums going through the same as you
- 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
- 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
UNICEF Infant sleep Information
Laid back breastfeeding – DVD clip
First Steps Nutrition – information on infant formula and infant nutrition
Exeter Breastfeeding mums
Jen Harris (Exeter Babies)