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Feeding Your Baby – Antenatal Information

During your pregnancy, you will have conversations with healthcare professionals, family members and friends around responding to your baby’s needs for food, comfort and love.  Starting to think about this in the antenatal period will help you prepare to meet your baby’s ever-changing needs when they are born.

Your Health Visiting Service is here to support you and offer a range of opportunities during the antenatal period.  These include one to one contacts and virtual, live and recorded information sessions.

These virtual groups provide an opportunity for you to interact with other families in your area and ask questions to trained staff about your pregnancy and baby’s first weeks of life.  We currently have a number of sessions centred around feeding your baby and we invite you to come along.

Families and Babies (FAB) is commissioned by Lancashire County Council and works alongside Virgin Care and the NHS to provide a breastfeeding peer support service.  Alongside your Midwife and Health Visitor, they can offer evidence-based information and guidance on a number of areas related to infant feeding.

Click here to see what support is available with FAB

 

Other useful links and videos:

First Steps Nutrition – Eating well in pregnancy webpage

Better Births information for families – During Pregnancy and Preparing for Birth and Parenthood

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers – How lactation works video

Antenatal hand expressing / harvesting colostrum guide video by Kathryn Stagg IBCLC

Best Beginnings video –  Attachment at the breast

Breastfeeding in the first few hours & other helpful videos from Global Health Media

Skin to Skin – UNICEF UK Meeting baby for the first time video

Hand expression – UNICEF UK video

Breastfeeding twins – video by Kathryn Stagg ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor & IBCLC (Lactation Consultant)

Breastfeeding twins and triplets UK charity website

Vitamins & supplements in pregnancy – Start4life by NHS

The Breastfeeding Network – breastfeeding support & helpline

NHS pregnancy information

As well as the Antenatal group sessions that Virgin Care and FAB have available, there are others offered by the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers Getting Ready to Breastfeed and antenatal courses available in different languages here.

You may also find our Postnatal page helpful

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