Breastfeeding is a great way to provide your baby with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Most mothers are able to breastfeed if they have accurate information and support.
If you're thinking about breastfeeding before your baby is born, you can find local information and speak to someone who has breastfed for support and advice. To find out more click here
However you decide to feed, breast or bottle, responsive feeding is the best and most pleasurable way for you and your baby to feed. Responsive feeding means offering a feed when your baby shows signs of hunger or when your baby is distressed, fractious, or appears lonely. This will help build your relationship and also help you to get to know each other. Every breastfeed that you can give your baby has benefits. Just take it one day at a time.
Babies don’t need anything other than milk for the first 6 months of life and after that, milk with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.
'Breastfeeding Buddies' offer mother-to-mother support, information and drop-ins across the district. Have a look at their Facebook page here
You can also get support and advice from Bradford Breastfeeding Buddies, just text FEED followed by your name, post code and baby’s due date or date of birth, to 66777. This is a free service.
For further reading please take a look at the websites and resources below:
Start 4 Life
Lots of helpful information and advice on breastfeeding
UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative
The baby friendly initiative. Transforming healthcare for babies, their mothers and families in the UK
First steps Nutirition
First Steps Nutrition Trust is an independent public health nutrition charity that provides information and resources to support eating well from pre-conception to five years.
Better Lives, Healthy Futures
Helping to give families across Bradford and Wakefield the healthiest possible start to life