Feeding Your Baby

As a new parent how to feed your new baby is a necessary yet very personal decision to make. We believe that having as much information about your feeding choices is very important. If you are having twins or more your choices are just the same. Because of the extensive health benefits for both mother and baby, breastfeeding or giving breast milk is the healthiest way for a mother to feed her baby(s).

Our Women and Children’s unit is actively engaged in the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative UK accreditation process and have recently passed the first stage. Our breastfeeding training, advice and support are in line with the Baby Friendly Initiative Standards.

During pregnancy you will be given the opportunity to learn about your feeding choices. This will include the value and benefits of skin contact, closeness and comfort and responding to your baby’s needs. Being prepared about your chosen feeding method is of great benefit especially if you have chosen to breastfeed. Infant feeding information will be given and discussed with your midwife and in greater detail in our Parent education programme. We also have an Infant Feeding Workshop which is held twice a month in Ormskirk hospital and will give you all the information and support to help you make your decision.

When your baby is born you will be supported in your chosen method of feeding.

If you have chosen to formula feed from 29th June 2015 Ormskirk Hospital maternity wards will no longer provide infant formula. This means that you will need to bring in your own chosen brand of First Stage infant formula. Please see important Formula feeding Information here.

Breastfeeding mothers are also supported on the hospital and in the community from local Breastfeeding Peer Support Services.These include Families and Babies (FaB), Breast Start, Bosom Buddies and Halton and St Helens Breastfeeding Support service.

Appointments are available with the Infant Feeding Coordinator if special requirements have been identified during your pregnancy, or if you would like to talk about any infant feeding difficulties you have experienced previously.

Infant Feeding Coordinator: Lesley Fawcett Tel: 01695 656379

Further Breastfeeding support information can be found here.