If you would like to breastfeed, you might find it easy; or you might need some extra help.
Breastfeeding sometimes takes time to get the hang of. Lots of parents wonder if their baby is getting enough milk – especially in the first few days. Within a week or so you’ll probably find it’s the easiest way to feed your baby. You’ll always have a constant supply of food, at the perfect temperature, whenever your baby needs it. You can produce exactly the right kind of milk and amount for each stage of your baby’s development.
Breastfeeding is good for your baby
You have probably heard that breast is best, and its true breastfeeding helps to develop your baby’s immune system, meaning they are less likely to get coughs, colds, ear infections and tummy bugs. Breastfeeding can also make them less likely to develop allergies. Even if you only breastfeed for the first few weeks, you’ll be helping your baby to have the best possible start.
We don’t encourage referrals to the Specialist Breastfeeding Service until five days of age however where there are evident and significant feeding problems please complete the referral form detailing reasons for early referral. Please remember also liaise with the relevant midwifery service who will be the main provider for the postnatal care during this time.
Breastfeeding is good for you
Breastfeeding has benefits for you too. In the early days, breastfeeding can help you develop a close bond with your baby. Breastfeeding also helps you burn calories and return to your pre-pregnancy weight. It can help to reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer in the future.
How can we help you to breastfeed?
Health visitors are highly trained specialist public health nurses who can help you if you choose to breastfeed.
Before your baby arrives, we can talk to you about breastfeeding and what support there is for you. After your baby is born, we will visit you and offer support to breastfeed. If you need continuing support, we can do this by keeping in touch with you on the phone, visiting you at home or seeing you in one of our drop-in clinics.
We work closely with children’s centres and breastfeeding peer supporters (other mums who have experience in breastfeeding and training in helping others) if you need local support.
Our service runs breastfeeding drop-in clinics across Kent and we welcome all breastfeeding mums and their partners. We also offer a phone advice service Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.
If you have a problem out-of-hours, don’t worry, support is there for you.
Dads / partners can sometimes feel a bit left out if they can’t feed their baby, but reassure them there’s lots they can still do to support you, especially making sure you have enough to eat and drink.
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