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Infant Feeding Team

Breastfeeding 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 Trust 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 dedicated Infant Feeding team based at the Trust, which was highlighted as Outstanding, by the Care Quality Commission  in 2019.

You can contact them on 07816061633 by call or text. Please leave a message and we they will return your call. The Infant Feeding team are here to give you information and support over the phone or they can arrange to see you face-to-face.

more-than-milkYou can contact them 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, the team offers parent craft classes one-to-one or in small groups which can be tailored to your needs.

 

You can also follow the Infant Feeding team on Twitter @SWBH_IFT or on Instagram @SWBH_feedingteam.

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

Team

From left to right:

  • Kirsty Hall – Infant Feeding Midwife
  • Louise Thompson (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant) – Infant Feeding Coordinator
  • Carmen Nuttall – Neonatal Infant Feeding Coordinator
  • Kristy Dunning – Infant Feeding Midwife

Services

Services

We offer a range of services throughout your pregnancy and after you have had your baby. Please 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 provide one-to-one support on our postnatal and paediatric wards. We can support you with many feeding issues including weight loss, tongue tie, meditation in breastmilk, access to donor milk medication or anything that’s concerning you no matter how small you might think the problem is. Please also see our contact section for details of local and national feeding support.

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 mums, why not consider attending peer support training. Please call us for details.

Patient Stories

Patient Stories

Contacts

Contacts

SWB Infant Feeding Clinic Helpline Tel: 07816061633

For virtual breastfeeding support 24/7 access the breastfeeding chatbot on Facebook messenger, Alexa and google home https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding/extra-help-and-support/

Further support can be obtained from:

National Breastfeeding
Helpline Tel: 0300 100 0212, www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk 

Breastfeeding Network Helpline Tel:0300 100 0210, www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

Sandwell Breastfeeding Network Helpline Tel: 07505775357 or email sandwell@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

La Leche League
Helpline Tel: 0845 102 2918, www.laleche.org.uk

NCT Breastfeeding
Helpline Tel: 0300 330 0771, www.nct.org.uk

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
Helpline Tel: 08444122949, www.abm.me.uk

For more information on breastfeeding support groups please click here

Information for patients

Where can I find help and support

Before your baby is born, you can speak to your community midwife about attending classes or you can contact the Infant feeding team on 07816061633.

You can get breastfeeding support by contacting the following organisations:

Breastfeeding Network (for one-to-one and/or group support)
Tel: 07505 775357
Monday to Friday between 9.30am-3pm.

The National Breastfeeding Helpline:
Tel: 0300 100 0210 (English and Polish speaking)
Monday to Sunday, between 9.30am-9.30pm

Building a happy baby

However you feed your baby, responding to them and holding them close for feeds and cuddling them when they feel sad 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.

Follow this link for information on why babies cry and how to cope: https://iconcope.org/parentsadvice/

Learn more about babies’ social and emotional development by clicking the following link: https://parentinfantfoundation.org.uk/useful-resources/information-for-parents/

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

 

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. For more information click here.

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.

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.

Watch the videos below to see what an effective feed looks like:

 

Feeding on the Neonatal Unit

If your baby is born sick or preterm, your milk is like medicine. We will support you to express your breastmilk and can provide you with a breast pump. We have a dedicated neonatal feeding nurse, called Carmen Nuttall, and you can contact her on 07866004667 or you can also contact the Infant Feeding team (see contacts tab).

The video below shows you why expressing your breastmilk is so important:

For more information on NEC visit SIGNEC at https://signec.org/for-families/ and NEC UK  at https://www.necuk.org.uk/

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. Click here to find out more. 

You can watch the video below for more information:

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 http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/Resources/AudioVideo/What-effective-breastfeeding-looks-like/
  • 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.

For more information go to www.kellymom.com

Safe sleep and feeding 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO2vbtjNk2c

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 https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/ for useful information on complications including:

  • Thrush
  • Mastitis
  • Drugs in breastmilk

The Facebook page, “Drugs in Breastmilk” 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 tongue tie, what can I do?

Tongue tie is common in babies but they do not always affect feeding. You can get information from the NHS choices website http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/tongue-tie/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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.

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 the link for more information about jaundice:

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Jaundice-newborn/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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 click here.

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 click here.

For Safety advice for infant milk preparation: Vacuum flasks, combined formula mixer and bottle insulator and milk preparation machines click here.

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