Due to the ongoing pandemic, and to help keep you and our colleagues safe we’re following national guidance and minimising face to face contacts. We will continue to support you through video consultation, telephone consultations and virtual clinics and we’ll see you face to face where this is safe, and the most appropriate way to support you in line with the national guidance.

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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 Virgin Care 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.

Click here to see what support is available from FAB


Other 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 pregnancybirth and parenthood

UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Resources – Leaflets and videos to support feeding your baby including Neonatal care and Foreign language resources

Breastfeeding support during COVID-19

How to tell if my baby is breastfeeding well factsheet

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

Baby’s growth leaflet and video – how to tell baby is thriving WITHOUT having them weighed

Vitamin D – everyone in the UK is now recommended to take a supplement from birth (unless baby has 500ml of formula per day)

Breastfeeding and returning to work – UNICEF/Start4life booklet

Breastfeeding in public/while out and about

The Breastfeeding Network – breastfeeding support & helpline

Medication & Breastfeeding

“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.

Patient Zone – Food allergy leaflets including cow’s milk

You may also find our Antenatal page helpful