- 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
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
Responsive feeding – If you are planning to introduce formula to your baby find lots of information here
Infant sleep Information
Laid back breastfeeding – DVD clip
First Steps Nutrition – information on infant formula and infant nutrition
Breastfeeding Network – Information on medications whilst breastfeeding and pregnant
Exeter Breastfeeding mums
Jen Harris (Exeter Babies)