Feeding your baby

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We are very proud that Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has been a ‘Baby Friendly’ hospital since 2013. The UK Baby Friendly Initiative award indicates that we met best practice standards to support breastfeeding and close parent-infant relationships. Our aim is to ensure that all parents make informed decisions about feeding their babies and are supported and encouraged in their chosen feeding method.

Your antenatal clinic midwife will discuss your thoughts and feelings about becoming a mother and feeding your baby, and give you some basic information to help you make informed choices and get breastfeeding off to a good start.

Find out more about about our Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshops that should help you to feel more confident about breastfeeding your baby and understand how to avoid or solve common breastfeeding problems.

In hospital, staff (midwives, nurses, maternity support workers, breastfeeding peer supporter volunteers) will help you learn how to put your baby to the breast, hand express your milk and how to tell if breastfeeding is going well. If you choose to bottle feed, they will teach you how to bottle feed as safely as possible. 

Your Community Midwife will visit you at home, contact you by telephone or see you at a local clinic during the first 10–14 days after birth. They will assess how well your baby is feeding and support you with any difficulties.

Your Health Visitor will visit you at home after the birth and continue to review your child’s development at a Child Health Clinic. They will give ongoing support with infant feeding, including going back to work and starting solids from 6 months. 

Some mothers want additional support with feeding after they have gone home from the hospital. Meeting up with other breastfeeding mothers can be helpful. We have a list of local and national support groups that can provide help with infant feeding.

Building a loving relationship with your new baby will give them the best possible start in life, and help them grow up happy and confident. The leaflet Building a happy baby: A guide for parents and the video Breastfeeding and relationships in the early days  discuss getting to know your baby and setting up the foundations for that strong relationship. Cuddling and comforting your baby releases love hormones and this helps your baby’s brain to develop.

Contact

If you have particular needs in relation to feeding your baby, please contact us Mon–Fri, 9am–4pm.

Infant Feeding Team
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T: 020 3315 3017

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