Feeding Your Baby – Postnatal Information
Your Health Visiting Service is here to support you and offer a range of opportunities until your child is of school age. 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 child’s development. We currently have a number of sessions centres around feeding your baby and we invite you to come along.
Families and Babies (FAB) is commissioned by Lancashire County Council and works alongside HCRG Care Group and the NHS to provide a breastfeeding peer support service (run by mums for mums). Alongside your Midwife and Health Visitor, they can offer evidence-based information and guidance on a number of areas related to infant feeding.
For information on feeding your baby/infant when they have Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) resulting in Bronchitis click here.
Useful links and videos
First Steps Nutrition – Eating well webpage for infants and new mums
Better Births – After baby’s birth – information and resources which you may find useful once baby is born
Start4life – Trusted NHS help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood
Looking after your baby’s teeth – You can start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they start to come through. Use a baby toothbrush with a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste.
Vitamin D – everyone in the UK is now recommended to take a supplement from birth (unless baby has 500ml of formula per day)
Patient Zone – Food allergy leaflets including cow’s milk
New App for Global Health Media ‘Birth & Beyond’ – view dozens of videos developed for mothers and caregivers on care from the time of birth through the baby’s first two years. Major topics covered are birth, breastfeeding, newborn care, small baby care, and complementary feeding. The videos are available in 21 languages and can be streamed, downloaded to an offline library, or shared with friends and family.
The Baby Buddy app has a wealth of information and videos about your journey into parenthood. Everything from pregnancy, mental health and preparing for birth, to rights at work, your baby’s health and your feeding options. They are excellent resource for more info on colic and reflux from Baby doctor Ranj Singh.
Birth to Five– this booklet gives you information on becoming a parent, taking care of yourself and your child and finding practical help and support
A guide for parents-to-be and families with young children in the Lancaster and Morecambe area – The Babymaze is a useful guide for parents-to-be and families with young children in Lancaster, Morecambe and the South Lakes. Featuring everything you need from local antenatal classes to baby and toddler groups, plus lots of other essential information.
Rough handling of babies can cause serious injuries. NSPCC’s Handle with care: a guide to keeping your baby safe explains the dangers and gives advice on safe ways of holding and caring for a baby. This simple guide explains why parents should never shake their baby and suggests ways they can soothe them when they cry. There are tips on how to cope when the crying doesn’t stop or seems too much to handle.
LatchAid breastfeeding support app – NEW
How to recognise that your baby is breastfeeding well – a helpful guide
Breastfeeding support during COVID-19
Breastfeeding resources – UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative
Expressing & Storing Breastmilk – Breastfeeding Network leaflet
Breastfeeding and returning to work – click here to read about the experiences of local families here in Lancashire and to find links to helpful guides for you and your employer.
The Breastfeeding Network – breastfeeding support & helpline
“Taking medication does not usually mean that a mother has to stop breastfeeding temporarily or permanently. The advantages of breastmilk should never be underestimated nor should the wishes of a mother to continue to breastfeed and the right of the infant to continue to receive it.
The number of adverse reactions to drugs passing through breastmilk is small.” See the BfN Drugs in Breastmilk Information Service for more details and contact them on their Facebook page. Also see their leaflet:
Breastfeeding a baby with Down syndrome – Charity Positive about Downs syndrome (PADS) have two digital booklets available; The Maternity Experience and The Lived Experience to try and bust the myth that ‘babies with Down syndrome can’t breastfeed’.
Formula feeding support during COVID-19
How to tell if my baby is bottle feeding well factsheet
Start4life / NHS / UNICEF Guide to bottle feeding
Parent information on Infant milks
First Steps Nutrition: Simple Guide to Infant Milks 0-2 years
You may also find our Antenatal page helpful