Support for Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a great way to feed a baby and boost your baby’s health and development. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breast feeding alongside other foods, for at least the first two years and beyond. However any amount of breastmilk you provide will always be positive for your baby’s health and well being.

The Department of health (DoH)recommends that all pregnant women take vitamin supplements. You could be eligible for free vitamins and help with the cost of certain foods through the healthy start scheme.

Healthy Start

Giving your baby a breast feed can …

  • Comfort them when they are upset or unsettled
  • Enjoy some fabulous closeness, skin to skin
  • Take time to relax and rest together
  • Relieve the fullness of your breasts
  • Fit around the family e.g baby is content allowing quality time with partner or other siblings

Remember: You can’t over feed a breastfed baby!

Baby’s digestive systems are made to process breastmilk, so even if you don’t want to fully breastfeed, any breastmilk you give is really worth while.

Tips for Success!

  • Take time to get properly attached. If you don’t think the attachment is right or it’s uncomfortable, gently place your finger in the corner of baby’s mouth to release and start again
  • Aim for at least 8 feeds within 24 hours
  • Feed baby at least once every night, night time feeds help to produce more milk
  • Offer baby both breasts at each feed
  • Keep baby stimulated and active at the breast by talking, eye contact, stroking their hair or their cheek
  • Always ask for help if you need it or would like extra support

Remember, however you choose to feed your baby, your midwife and health visitors’ priority is that you and your baby are thriving.


Pregnancy and Parenthood – A helpful guide for parents and parents to be