How to feed your baby is the most important decision you will make once they are born. We will provide you with support to feed your baby irrespective of the method you choose.

We know breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby and recognise the many important health benefits it brings for you both and discussed with you individually, during your pregnancy, at around 30 weeks.

Once your baby has arrived all mothers are encouraged to hold their babies in skin to skin contact. This should last for at least an hour and is a very important time for you and your baby to get to know each other.

Support with breastfeeding

A midwife will be available to help you correctly position and attach your baby. Our 10 o’clock stop talk prepares you for what to expect in the first week of your breastfeeding journey.

If you are breastfeeding, no formula feeds will be given to your baby unless they become unwell, as this interrupts the process of producing milk and disrupts your baby’s stomach contents. If a formula feed is necessary the hospital will provide it for you.

Burstow Babies

Feeding support service for families.

Provided by our infant feeding team, these sessions will help support you with any feeding issues you may be experiencing. The sessions
are designed to complement the care you receive from your community midwife.

This service is available to all families from the day of discharge home following the birth until your baby is 28 days of age. Sessions are available by appointment only.

The Burstow Babies feeding support service is available seven days a week, 12:30 – 2:30 pm and takes place in the Burstow Ward dining room at East Surrey Hospital.

To book an appointment

Call Burstow Ward on 01737 768 511 x5316 / x6317 / x1653 and ask to make an appointment for the Burstow Babies service.

More information

Caring for your baby at night: a guide for parents from Unicef

Building a happy baby: a guide for parents from Unicef

Best Beginnings video: From bump to breastfeeding

Best Beginnings video: Make sure your baby is attached well at the breast

Unicef video: Hand expression