Resources and further information

Responsive parenting

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 close and loving relationships.

The Getting to know your baby website (promoting emotional wellbeing before and after birth) has lots of video clips of parents responding to their babies and an app to personalise for your baby.

Babies and sleep

Caring for your baby around the clock can be tiring—read the leaflet Caring for your baby at night for guidance. More detailed evidence-based information on sharing a bed with your baby and other infant sleep questions can be found at Infant Sleep Information Source.

Feeding your premature baby 

Premature or unwell babies particularly need breastmilk to strengthen their immune system and help them develop, as well as for nourishment. It is important to start expressing your milk as soon as possible after the birth (preferably within the first hour) in order to stimulate your milk production. Have a look at the section How to hand express your milk.

Bliss has a series of free leaflets about caring for your premature or ill baby, including A guide to expressing and breastfeeding your premature baby

You and your baby is a leaflet which discusses how you can love and nurture your baby on the neonatal unit.

Best Beginnings video Small Wonders shows families’ stories of their premature babies.

Our leaflet Protecting your baby from low blood sugar informs you about how to ensure your baby is feeding well if they are born prematurely and cared for on the postnatal ward.

Drugs and breastmilk

A database of information on drugs and lactation can be found at LactMed.

Smartphone app

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have developed a postnatal Mum and Baby App, available for iPhone or Android which includes lots of information about caring for your newborn baby.

External resources

Global Health Media

This organisation has breastfeeding videos in different languages (currently including French, Spanish, Nepali, Swahili, lao, Khmer, Kinyarwanda). They're really useful to watch with your partner or family to help prepare you for feeding your baby. 

Best Beginnings 

Best Beginnings (‘working to give every baby in the UK the healthiest start in life’) has lots of videos about pregnancy and becoming a parent including From Bump to Breastfeeding videos about breastfeeding. You can download a free Baby Buddy app for pregnancy or Baby Buddy app for new parents and they also have information for parents of premature or sick babies including the Small Wonders video.

NHS Start4Life

NHS Start4Life leaflets:

  • Off to the Best Start provides key information about breastfeeding, including some of the health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies, how to breastfeed effectively, signs that your baby is breastfeeding well, how to hand express and store breastmilk, and how to know that your baby is getting enough milk. 
  • Guide to bottlefeeding explains how to make up feeds and sterilise bottles safely, feeding safely in response to baby’s needs to reduce the risks of ‘overfeeding’ and how to hold your baby for bottlefeeding. 
  • Building Blocks for a Better Start in Life  and Introducing Solids give guidance on feeding your baby and starting on solids from 6 months of age.
  • Breastfeeding at Study or Work provides information on going back to work or study while breastfeeding.

Unicef UK

UK Baby Friendly Initiative videos about breastfeeding can be found here.

First Steps Nutrition

Guide to Infant Milks gives information on different infant formula milks.

Breastfeeding Network

The Breastfeeding Network has detailed information about breastfeeding, including Drugs in Breastmilk and breastfeeding complications such as If Breastfeeding Hurts, Mastitis and Breastfeeding, Thrush and Breastfeeding.

Human Milk Project

Please for further information on human milk for human babies visit the website

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