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

Burstow Babies is an infant feeding service provided by our Infant Feeding Lead/Tongue Tie Lead Midwives, these sessions will help support you with feeding issues you may be experiencing and have been 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. To access the service please email with details of the difficulties you are experiencing, baby’s age and contact details we will be able to arrange your care accordingly.

If you are beyond 28 days please email we can discuss your issues and arrange the most appropriate support.

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