Feeding your baby, getting off to the best start
Welcome to infant feeding at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. We provide breastfeeding training and support to health professionals across all three of our hospitals.
We support infant feeding developments within the Trust and promote breastfeeding awareness.
We have a team of specialists ready to help you with your feeding journey meaning you need never feel alone. Here you'll find useful information about feeding your baby.
- About breastfeeding and formula feeding.
- Links to free on-line antenatal education are available for you to access.
- Copies of our infant feeding policies and helpful information leaflets are available for you to view online, meaning you will be well informed when making your choices about how to feed your baby.
- Videos dealing with a range of subjects.
- Places you can go for support and advice.
- Meet the team - so that you can find out about us all and familiarise yourself with the team.
We’ll support you in your chosen feeding method and provide you with the information you need to feed your baby confidently and safely.
Usually we provide feeding support for the first 28 days after having your baby, or whist you are under the care of a community midwife.
Breastfeeding is the healthiest and most cost-effective way to feed your baby.
Breastfeeding is a skill that takes time to get the hang of. Lots of mums wonder if their baby's feeding well and getting enough - especially in the first few days. But once you've mastered it, you'll probably find it's the easiest and most satisfying way to feed your baby. (Source: www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding)
For breastfed babies, in the early weeks, they will typically feed at least eight to 12 times in a 24-hour period (if they are fed when they show signs they’re hungry). It’s important to remember that breastfed babies cannot be overfed. See the feeding cues below which help to establish when your baby needs more milk. If you feed your baby when they are showing ‘early cues’ this will often lead to a more relaxed and calmer feed.
Expressing breast milk
Remember to collect and store breast milk in clean containers specifically made for breast milk storage.
Got a breastfeeding question? Use ‘Breastfeeding Friend’ chatbot
Use the 'Breastfeeding Friend' for fast, friendly, trusted NHS advice anytime, day or night. You can sign in to Facebook, use Amazon Alexa or Google Home to access the Start4Life 'Breastfeeding Friend' chatbot
Coronavirus and infant feeding
- Everyone should follow the latest government advice on coronavirus
- There is currently no evidence to suggest that coronavirus can be carried or passed on in breast milk. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged to initiate or continue to breastfeed.
- Pay special attention to sterilising equipment. If your baby is having formula or expressed milk, make sure you sterilise the equipment use to collect and feed your baby carefully before each use.
Follow the above NHS guidelines on how to make up formula feeds safely.
If you intend to formula feed you’ll need to bring powdered ‘first milk’ formula into hospital with you (this came into effect on From 1st June 2020). We have the facilities for the safe preparation of powdered formula on the maternity ward. (link to leaflet: feeding your baby when in hospital). Our Trust will only provide formula milk for babies on maternity wards if there is a medical indication.
If you use formula milk it is very important for your baby’s health that you use only first infant milk from birth up to one year of age.
- Make sure that you follow all the instructions to make the feed. All feeding equipment must be sterilised correctly. Before you and your baby go home we will show you how to do this, and provide you with written information.
- More information about responsive bottle feeding and how to make up a bottle safetly: How to make up baby formula
- You should not share bottles or a breast pump with anyone else. Have a look at the NHS guide to sterilising bottles.
The video below explains how to make up a formula feed, and includes cleaning and sterilising bottles and teats
Remember the importance of feeding your baby responsively, and using paced feeding.
MY Maternity – Better Births at Mid Yorkshire
Please join our Facebook page where you can find out more information about pregnancy and birth and postnatal services. You can also access the messenger service to get in touch with a midwife if you have any questions.
Download the following resources to help with infant feeding:
Information for parents for babies with Tongue Tie
The use of dummies and breastfeeding
Infant Feeding Policy
Safer sleep for babies: a guide for parents 2020
Start4life Guide to bottle feeding
Start for life - off to the best start leaflet
Infant feeding when in hospital
If you are under the care of your midwife and need support with breastfeeding please contact:
- Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife Leigh-Anne Hartley on: 07824 417 802
- UNICEF lead midwife Shelly Gascoigne on 07765 243 597
If you are under the care of your health visitor and need support with breastfeeding please contact the following services
Wakefield single point of contact 01924 310130
Kirklees single point of contact 03003 045555 or Text for support 07520 618867