Infant Feeding Services
We would like to offer you as much support as you need, in order for you to feel confident and comfortable with your chosen feeding method.
The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of your baby’s life. Breastfeeding should continue alongside complementary foods for up to two years.
Deciding how you will feed your baby is your personal decision. We want to support you to make an informed choice and offer you the information you need to prepare for your baby’s arrival.
We recommend that you visit the Unicef website [https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/support-for-parents/ ] where you can download the latest information on your chosen method of feeding, access videos and evidence based information to help you feed and care for your baby. Unicef and Start4Life publish excellent resources for parents on breastfeeding; bottle feeding; relationship building, and how to overcome common feeding problems.
There will be opportunities to discuss feeding at your antenatal appointments and you might wish to attend your local Breastfeeding Group to help you find out more about what to expect and what support is available to you.
Calderdale Breastfeeding Support Network is a voluntary team of local women who have breastfed their own children and have undergone special training to be able to help support mums as they breastfeed their own children.
If you are a mum and would like some support in breastfeeding, you can phone or text them on 07920 466660 and you will then be put in touch with a peer supporter in your local area.
Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Service
Kirklees Auntie Pam’s Supporting Mums to Be
National Breastfeeding Help line
- Tel: 03001000212
We are very proud of our ‘Baby Friendly’ status, and as a service we have achieved Gold Accreditation through the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI). All our Midwives, and support workers attend BFI training and have regular updates to ensure their practice is up to date so we are well equipped to support you to with feeding your baby.
The BFI Maternity standards enable staff to:
- Support pregnant women to recognise the importance of breastfeeding and early relationships for the health and wellbeing of their baby
- Support all mothers and babies to initiate a close relationship and feeding soon after birth
- Enable mothers to get breastfeeding off to a good start
- Support mothers to make informed decisions regarding the introduction of food or fluids other than breastmilk
- Support parents to have a close and loving relationship with their baby.
Some mothers need additional support with breast feeding and this can be provided by our team of Lactation Consultants, who offer additional assessments and expert advice in both hospital and community. You only have to ask!