Feeding your baby

Our dedicated infant feeding team is here to help you get feeding off to a good start. Access guidance and support in a format that works for you during pregancy, on the postnatal ward and up to the age of two months. 

During your pregancy

  • chat to your midwife, ask qustions in confidence and learn what to expect when breast feeding
  • join our free virtual feeding workshop, check your Facebook due date hub for details
  • for specific concerns and circumstances that may impact breast feeding [breast syurgery, previous feeding problems] email the infant feeding lead for an apointment rsch.infantfeeding@nhs.net

When your baby is born

  • the first two hours following your birth is protected to allow skin to skin contact 
  • skin to skin contact following birth has many health benefits for you and your baby, it helps them feel safe, supports healthy brain development,as well as colonising their skin with good bacteria
  • your midwife will guide you with your first skin to skin feed supporting your feeding choices
  • if you have a caesarean birth or need to go to theatre you will be able to have skin-to-skin contact while the operation is being completed, so long as you feel well

Postnatal ward 

  • you will have access to personalised support to feed your baby every 2-3 hours
  • if you need additional support we also have the tranquillity of a dedicated feeding room

Support you can access once you are at home

  • our feeding support team are based at our maternity hubs so you can access personalised support at your postnatal appointments
  • if you suspect your baby is unwell or feeding is not going as expected call our 24-hour advaice line Call a Midwife 0300 123 5473
  • call 01483571122 ext.4702 Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00 and ask to speak to a member of the infant feeding team

How to access breast feeding guidance between postnatal appointments

Our feeding consultants run postnatal clinics to provide you with additional support 

  • Guildford Drop-in clinic for babies up to 2 months, every Monday (excluding bank holidays) 10:30 to 12:30 the Hive Community Centre,  Park Barn Drive, GU2 8EN 

Please note that there is no Guildford drop in on Monday the 20th of June or the 5th of September

  • coming soon: Bordon Drop-in clinic for babies up to 28 days , every Thursday 14:00-16:00 Forest Surgery, Bordon Commencing on the 9th of June 

Please check our Drop ins are running via  our Facebook Events page before travelling 

  • Specialist referral clinic, for complex feeding difficulties (including toungue-tie) speak to your midwife or infant feeding support worker to book an appointment

Further information

Infant feeding resources by UNICEF UK

First Steps Nutrition Trust provide advice on how to eat well in pregancy, for your infants and children in their early years