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
  • Helps boost baby’s immune system

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.

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

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

  • For breastfeeding support, information during pregnancy and beyond.
  • Help from, qualified breastfeeding peer supporters, other breastfeeding mums
  • Friendly, Calm, Informal environment
  • Meet other mums going through the same as you
  • Relaxing and supportive atmosphere
  • Practical tips
  • 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 information and support to pregnant and breastfeeding women. You will find them in our Baby Oasis group and in community groups

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

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

Useful Breastfeeding Links

Kelly Moms

http://kellymom.com/

Responsive feeding  – If you are planning to introduce formula to your baby find lots of information here

 

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/10/simple-formula-guide.pdf

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 – Information on medications whilst breastfeeding and pregnant

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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