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Infant Feeding Team

bfi_mark_uni_bkBreastfeeding is normal, natural and the healthiest way to feed your baby but it is not always easy. This is especially true if you do not get the right support. We are a fully accredited UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital and this means our staff and services are designed to support your feeding journey however you choose to feed. For more information on the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative, please click here.

We have a small Infant Feeding Team available from Monday to Friday, 8.30am till 3.30pm and you can contact us on 07816061633 by call or text. We may be able to offer you appointments outside these hours so please call and ask. We are here to give you information and support over the phone or at our daily clinics.

more-than-milkYou can contact us before you have your baby, while you are in hospital and once you are discharged home.

If you have particular concerns about feeding, have had a previous difficult feeding experience or have a complicated pregnancy, we offer parent craft classes one to one or in small groups which we can tailor to your needs.

You can also follow us on Twitter @SWBH_IFT to get latest updates on our services and support.

For more information about disabled access for this service, please click here.


From left to right:

  • Kirsty Hall – Infant Feeding Midwife
  • Louise Thompson – Infant Feeding Coordinator
  • Carmen Nuttall – Neonatal Infant Feeding Coordinator
  • Kristy Dunning – Infant Feeding Midwife



We offer a range of services throughout your pregnancy and after you have had your baby. Please feel free to call us with any questions/concerns you may have had as we are always happy to help.

If you are diabetic, carrying twins/triplets or have previously had a baby born prematurely we are happy to meet with you to help prepare you for feeding your new baby. We work alongside our colleagues in clinic and can meet with you on a one to one basis at a time to suit you or alternatively we are happy to discuss any issues over the telephone.

We are also keen to talk through any previous feeding issues booklet you may have had or any concerns regarding feeding your new baby. Please look out for our New Antenatal Infant feeding If you have not yet received a copy please speak to your midwife

As well as providing one to one support on our postnatal and paediatric wards we also run a infant feeding clinic Monday- Friday 8:30-16:30. We are happy to help you with any feeding issues including weight loss, tongue tie, medication or your baby not feeding well. Please also see our contact section for details of local feeding support groups in your area.

Find out more about what your baby’s poo should look like by going to

Future plans:

We can offer help and support on breastfeeding and returning to work, future pregnancies and tandem feeding. If you have enjoyed breastfeeding your baby and would love to help support other local moms, why not consider attending peer support training. Please call us for details

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Patient Information Leaflets

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off-to-the-best-start-cover    Off to the best start                                               guide-to-bottle-feeding-cover     Guide to Bottle Feeding


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Medication and Breast milk

Storing and Expressing


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Please choose the language that you would like to view for the leaflet A guide to feeding your baby

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SWBHT Infant Feeding Clinic Helpline Tel: 07816061633

SWBHT Infant Feeding Team Tel: 0121 507 5703

Further support can be obtained from

National Breastfeeding Helpline Tel: 0300 100 0212, 

Breastfeeding Network Helpline Tel:0300 100 0210,

Sandwell Breastfeeding Network Helpline Tel: 07505775357 or email

La Leche League Helpline Tel: 0845 102 2918,

NCT Breastfeeding Helpline Tel: 0300 330 0771,

Association of Breastfeedig Mothers Helpline Tel: 08444122949,

For more information on breastfeeding support groups please click here

Information for patients

Where can I find help and support?

Before baby is born: Speak to your community midwife about attending classes before your baby is born or contact the Infant feeding team on 07816061633

You can get breastfeeding peer support in your own home by calling:

Health Exchange on 0121 6226603 if you live in Birmingham

Breastfeeding Network on 07505 775357 if you live in Sandwell

Or Telephone support 7 days a week 9.30am-9.30pm from:

Breastfeeding Network Supporter line English and Polish speaking 0300 100 0210

Supporter line in Bengali 0300 4562421

Supporter line in Sylheti 0300 4562421

Many mums find the best support comes from other mums going through the same experiences. There should be a group running every day in our area. To find your local group, click here.

Building a happy baby

However you feed your baby, responding to them and holding them close for feeds will help them feel safe and secure and flood their developing brain with happy hormones. This relationship starts when you are pregnant. There is lots of useful information about building a happy baby in this  leaflet ‘Building a happy baby’, click here to download.

You may also find this short film useful: Amy Brown ‘why you might want to put the baby books down’.


Becoming a peer supporter

If you would like to become a volunteer to support mothers and babies with feeding at City hospital please talk to the volunteer service and ask about the Mi Baby pathway

For more information follow this link.

or call 0121 507 4855.

How do I get off to a good start?

Skin to skin contact as soon as you are able and for at least after the first feed will help you get off to a good start with feeding. Feed your baby frequently. In the first 24 hours your baby may only feed three or four times but they may feed more. After the first 24 hours your baby will need to feed at least eight to ten times in 24 hours. You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby.

You might find this film useful about meeting your baby for the first time:

Your relationship with your baby starts when they are in your tummy. Taking time out to talk to your bump while you are pregnant may help you respond to them once they are born. You might find this film clip useful.

How will I know my baby is breastfeeding well?

Many parents worry that they will not know if  the baby is breastfeeding well because they cannot see how much milk they are taking. Click this link to see if your baby is feeding well and to identify if there is a problem

Click this link to see what an effective feed looks like:

Contact the support numbers above to feel more confident.

I think I have a low milk supply, what can I do?

Many new mums think they have a low milk supply, but the majority do not. You may find this link useful.

Also see the picture below

If you want to increase your milk supply:

  • Make sure that the baby is feeding effectively. If feeding is hurting, baby may not be able to transfer milk effectively. Seek help from the ‘where can I get help’ section above or watch this film
  • Breastfeed frequently for as long as your baby is actively feeding. Babies’ breast feed at least 8-10 times in 24 hours, sometimes more. It is normal for gaps between feeds to be 1.5-2 hours at times and go no longer than 3 hours between feeds.
  • Take a ‘baby moon’. Take 2 or 3 days when you do nothing but feed your baby and rest. Avoid extra visitors if you can and get help from those close to you to provide you with support with things like food, house work and answering the phone.
  • Offer both breasts at each feed. Let baby finish one side then offer the other breast. Baby may not look interested in another feed at first but many will take milk from the second breast.
  • Try ‘switch feeding’. Feed on one side and when baby’s feeding slows down put them on the other breast. When they become sleepy on that side ‘switch’ them back to the other side.
  • Avoid teats and dummies. If baby wants to suck let them suckle at your breast.
  • Take care of yourself, rest when you can and eat and drink well.
  • Consider expressing after feeds or between feeds. This should encourage your breasts to produce more milk. Expressing for two or three minutes after your milk has stopped flowing will help increase your milk supply too.
  • Try a Glactagogue. A Glactagogue is a herb such as fenugreek tablets or milk thistle that may increase milk supply.


For more information go to

How often should I feed my baby at night?

Babies need to breastfeed frequently around eight to twelve times in 24 hours. It is normal for them to feed during the night. For information about feeding your baby at night, please download this leaflet.

You may also find these short films useful

How can my partner and family help me?

Partners may not be able to breastfeed but there are lots of other ways they can support mum and baby, like helping with chores, cuddling baby and holding baby, providing food and drink for mum and finding good sources of information and support like the ones found on these pages. You may also find this video useful:

Is it normal for breastfeeding to hurt?

You may have had a painful experience or spoken to people who have. With the right support breastfeeding should be comfortable and should not hurt. Get help as soon as you can from the numbers in the ‘where can I find help’ section.

This film clip will help show you how a baby breastfeeds so that it is comfortable.

Positioning and attachment: 


Useful websites for breastfeeding complications

Visit the for useful information on complications including:



Drugs in breastmilk

The Drugs in breastmilk information service facebook page will answer your questions quickly and is staffed by experts.

You can also speak to the Infant Feeding Team or your Midwife.

I think my baby has a tongue tie, what can I do?

Tongue ties are common in babies but they do not always affect feeding. You can get information from the NHS choices website

If you suspect your baby has a tongue tie which is effecting how well they feed, you can speak to the infant feeding team for information, support and where to get treatment.

Several local NHS hospitals will offer a frenulotomy or tongue tie clinics that parents can refer their baby to. Or if you are unsure you can contact the Infant feeding team and we will support you to make a referral.

What should I do if I think that my baby has jaundice?

For most babies, jaundice is mild, harmless and clears up by itself. But it is important that you tell your midwife, your on-call midwife or your doctor if you notice that your baby’s skin, the whites of their eyes or the inside of their mouth or gums have a yellow colour.

If this happens in the first 24 hours after birth, contact them urgently. This could be a sign of another medical problem.

If your baby is more than 24 hours old, contact them on the same day that you notice the change in colour.

You should also tell your midwife or on-call midwife or doctor if your baby passes pale,

chalky coloured stools or dark urine that stains the nappy.

Follow these link for more information about jaundice:

Information about expressing breastmilk

This video talks you through how to hand express and discusses times when expressing might be useful.

If you want more information about expressing your milk or using a breast pump you can contact the Infant Feeding Team.

I am thinking about bottle feeding, where can I get information and support?

The Infant Feeding Team can offer you advice and support on bottle feeding your baby.

You can express breastmilk and give it by bottle and get, many of the benefits of breast feeding for mother and baby

For information on which milk to choose and how to bottle feed download

For a simple guide to infant formula, follow on formula and other infant milks in England go to this link.
For information about how to make feeds up safely, what milks to choose how to know your baby is bottle feeding well go to:

For Safety advice for infant milk preparation: Vacuum flasks, combined formula mixer and bottle insulator and milk preparation machines go to:

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