Breastfeeding

 
Why Breastfeed?

  • Breastfeeding gives babies the best start in life.
  • Breastmilk gives babies all the nutrients they need for the first six months of their life. They need nothing else.
  • The longer you breastfeed, the better for your baby.
  • Breastmilk helps protect babies from infection. 
  • Breastfeeding also reduces mothers' chances of getting certain diseases later in life.
  • Breastfeeding allows you and your baby to get closer - physically and emotionally. So while your child is feeding, the bond between you can grow stronger.
  • Women who breastfeed return to their pre-pregnancy figure faster.
  • Bottle feeding does not give your baby the same ingredients as breastmilk, which is designed to be easy for your baby to absorb and is perfect to help him grow and develop. Also, bottle feeding doesn't provide protection against infection and diseases.

Breasfeeding Support in your Children's Centres
Most of our sessions we run have breastfeeding support availble Please see our What's On page for times


This group is:

For breastfeeding mums and for pregnant mums deciding on how they are going to feed their child when it is born

  • For breastfeeding support, information and advice
  • Help from, qualified breastfeeding peer supporters, other breastfeeding mums, Member of staff: Timea who is a peer support Champion & leaflets
  • Friendly
  • Calm
  • Informal
  • Meet other mums going through the same as you
  • Relaxing
  • Supportive atmosphere
  • Practical advice 
  • Your own experience might even help someone else
  • Creche for older children under 5

Our "Breastfeeding Peer Supporters"

Our Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are local mothers, with a wide range of age and experience, who have all breastfed. They have trained to offer friendly advice and support to pregnant and breastfeeding women. Our Peer Supporters can give you advice in our Baby Oasis groups as well as our Baby Friend's Parent Led group at Beacon Heath who has a peer supporter on hand.


Would you like to become a breastfeeding peer supporter? Read our leaflet on becoming one here: 

Created: September 2014

 

How to Breastfeed
  • Relax
  • Make sure you are sitting comfortably and are well supported - perhaps use a pillow.
  • Have your baby’s whole body and head turned towards you.
  • Start with your baby’s nose opposite your nipple and allow the baby’s head to tilt back. Move your baby’s mouth gently across your nipple until your baby’s mouth opens really wide.
  • Always take your baby to your breast, not your breast to your baby. Your baby’s bottom lip and chin should touch your breast first.
  • With your baby’s chin in close contact with your breast, your baby is able to breathe easily.
  • You may need to support your breast by gently holding it in place.

Babies love to breastfeed and will usually come off by themselves when they have had enough

 

Usefull Breasfeeding Links 

Kelly Moms

http://kellymom.com/

UNICEF Infant sleep Information

http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/Health-Professionals/Care-Pathways/Breastfeeding/

https://www.isisonline.org.uk/

Laid back breastfeeding – DVD clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYRg8DTbZCc

First Steps Nutrition – information on infant formula and infant nutrition

http://www.firststepsnutrition.org/

Breastfeeding Network

http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/

Real Nappies

http://www.exeterbabies.co.uk/?page_id=18

NHS

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/breastfeeding-help-support.aspx#close

FACEBOOK

Exeter Breastfeeding mums

Jen Harris (Exeter Babies)

HELPLINES

National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212
NCT Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 330 0771
La Leche League Helpline 0845 120 2918
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers 0300 330 5453