Infant Feeding

Infant Feeding

Keeping your baby close and responding to their needs will help your baby to grow physically and emotionally.

Skin to skin contact in the early days and beyond will encourage healthy brain development. Most of this development occurs in the first two years of your baby’s life. When babies have lots of cuddles and love you both release a hormone called Oxytocin. This helps you both feel happy, calm and provides the foundation for a close and loving relationship.

Responding to your baby’s needs for comfort and food helps with your baby’s brain development and makes for a confident happy toddler.

The Trust is committed to improving standards of care by implementing the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly standards. These standards are designed to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and close and loving parent-infant relationships.

Breastfeeding is a great way to get your baby off to the best start. Here are some reasons you may consider breastfeeding your baby:

  • Breast milk is the best food your baby can have - it's tailor-made for your baby!
  • Breast milk boosts your baby’s ability to fight illness and infection in their first six months. Evidence shows that babies who are breastfed are less likely to get diarrhoea and respiratory infections.
  • Breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and burns about 500 calories a day.
  • Breastfeeding is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your baby.
  • Breastfeeding your baby can help your baby's brain to grow

Breastfeeding support and advice is offered to all families through the Health visiting service as part of the universal health visiting service offer. Various breastfeeding support groups are run by health visiting teams across the county to offer further support to families.

Please find our daily drop-in’s across the county at;

We are committed to ensuring that parents who choose to formula feed are enabled to do so as safely as possible.  Early relationship building is vital for all mothers: support and guidance on how to feed safely and build strong, loving bonds with their baby will promote healthy development and attachment in formula-fed babies.

Mothers who bottle feed are encouraged to hold their baby close during feeds and offer the majority of feeds to their baby themselves to help enhance the mother-baby relationship.

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