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Infant feeding

South Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Support Service

Barnardo’s are commissioned to give information, support and extra help to parents.

Breastfeeding groups give on-going support to mothers. They are run by trained peer supporters. All pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are welcome to go along!

The groups are in Bradley Stoke, Cadbury Heath, Downend, Kingswood, Patchway, Thornbury and Yate. Full details about the venue, day and time of each group are available on the Barnardo’s website.. If you are going for the first time, you may want to check it’s running that day by phoning, as occasionally, details can change.

National breastfeeding helpline

You can contact the helpline for independent, confidential, mother-centred, non-judgmental breastfeeding support and information.

Tel: 0300 100 0112. Lines are open 9.30 am to 9.30pm, every day of the year.

There are two videos on the Best Beginnings  website aimed at helping new and soon-to-be parents

Restarting breastfeeding

You can restart breastfeeding at any point. The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers information on Restarting breastfeeding after a gap is a good place to begin.

Other helpful information about breastfeeding

The following leaflets give useful advice

Other local support

Bristol Breastfeeding Mummies Facebook page provides information and support for those in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and surrounding areas. If you would like to find out more and read the posts on this page, you can request to join the group.

Bottle feeding

If you are planning to bottle feed with expressed breast milk or infant formula, these tips will help keep your baby safe and healthy.

Bottle feeding advice  gives formula-feeding parents a quick overview on and tips on how to bottle feed responsively, and build up a close and loving relationship with your baby.

What infant formula to choose gives tips about choosing and using infant formula. Remember, ‘first’ formula can be used up until 12 months of age.  And after that full-fat cow’s milk can be used. You do not need to change to a follow-on formula at any time.

Responsive feeding – building a close and loving relationship with your new baby

Lots of terms are used to describe an approach to feeding babies (bottle or breast) that does not include a routine; demand feeding, baby-led feeding, cue- based feeding and responsive feeding. All of these are correct but the term responsive feeding best describes how mother and baby respond to each other’s needs and cues.

When you practise responsive bottle feeding not everyone around you may appreciate what you are doing. Have confidence that developing closeness and responding to your baby rather than the clock is the way to go and your family will soon understand.

Donor milk

Some mothers also choose to give their babies donor milk. Ideally, this is obtained from a milk bank where milk is screened and carefully prepared. Visit the UKAMB website for more information. The Precious Drops Milk Bank at Southmead Hospital in Bristol is one of 15 UK milk banks and the only one in the South West.

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