During pregnancy you will be given the opportunity to talk about feeding your baby. This will include the benefits of breastfeeding for baby and for you, the value of skin contact, closeness, 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 feeding decision.
Visiting a breastfeeding group both during pregnancy and after your baby is born can be a great way to share experiences and meet with other breastfeeding mums.
See below to find your local breastfeeding support groups and peer support services.
National Breastfeeding Helpline (0300 100 0212)
The Breastfeeding Network (0300 100 0210)
Both lines are open between 9:30am – 9:30pm every day, call to speak to trained volunteer mothers
National Childbirth Trust (0300 330 0700)
For the following leaflets – Off to the best start, Building a Happy Baby, Caring for your baby at night, Feeding twins, Expressing, Caring for your Premature baby, Formula feeding, Breastfeeding at study and work, responding to babies needs and more please follow this link
For videos on skin to skin, meeting baby for the first time, positioning and attachment, hand expressing, expressing and storing breastmilk, responsive feeding and relationship building and more please follow this link
For information and leaflets about feeding your baby safely at night time follow this link.
You shouldn’t ever be made to feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public. It is illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, such as a cafe, shop or public transport.
During your baby’s early days, you may prefer to breastfeed only where you feel most comfortable. But, as you get more used to doing it, you’re likely to feel more confident about breastfeeding in front of other people when you’re out and about.
There are a number of venues signing up to breastfeeding friendly schemes. Contact your local breastfeeding peer support service for a list of places near to you. Follow this link for more information on breastfeeding out and about.
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