Feeding support for you and your family

In the first days after you’ve given birth, you’ll be looked after by a midwife in hospital and at home. After this a health visitor will be keeping an eye on you and your new baby instead.

 

All midwives and Maternity support workers are trained to give as much help as you need as you learn how to breast feed. It may take a little time and patience, as any new skill does, but your baby will learn too, and once you both know what you are doing it will become very easy. If you are experiencing breast feeding problems your midwife can refer you to our breastfeeding consultant.

If you need additional support with feeding your baby (breast or bottle) you can ask us any time.

 

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The Responsive Feeding Team works alongside the Community Midwives and Health Visitors to offer support and advice with feeding your baby for the first month after you have been discharged from hospital. They support with both breast and bottle feeding. The Team contact you by phone within 72 hours of you leaving hospital and at regular intervals during the first four weeks, they offer support by phone or by visiting you at home, whichever is best for you.

How they can help

Their Nursery Nurses are trained to offer support with all aspects of feeding including:

  • Positioning and latching on for breast feeders
  • Responsive Feeding – recognising when your baby is hungry or full
  • Colic & Wind Relief, using natural baby massage techniques
  • Advice on making up feeds and safe sterilisation of equipment.
  • Support regarding your emotional health/baby blues and can access expert support if required.

The responsive feeding teams cover all babies born within Aneurin Bevan University Health Board maternity services and offer additional support with feeding and maternal mental health.

They are available to support parents in building a loving relationship with their baby and giving them the best possible start in life.

If you would like to speak to a member of the Team please contact the Responsive Advice Line on:

Caerphilly - 01443 802790

Blaenau Gwent - 01495 355584 or 0800032333

Monmouthshire - 01873 735424

Newport - 07773162301

who can also put you in touch with your local team.

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Health Visitors

Health Visitors work closely with Midwives. Like Midwives, Health Visitors are trained to give as much help as you need as you learn how to breast feed. In the first days after you’ve given birth, you’ll be looked after by a midwife in hospital and at home. After this a health visitor will be keeping an eye on you and your new baby instead.

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We are accredited as Baby Friendly. There are a range of resources that cover a range of issues around establishing and continuing successful breastfeeding.

Please click here to access The Baby Friendly initiative website

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La Leche League 

There are a range of ways La Leche League can offer you support with breastfeeding, by telephone, in writing, or using our online information and printed materials

Please click here to access La Leche League website

The Breastfeeding Network

The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others.

Please click here to access The Breastfeeding Network website

 

The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

 

The association of breastfeeding mothers ABM are a group of trained volunteers dedicated to supporting breastfeeding mums and their families. We’ve been supporting mums and nurturing families for almost 40 years.

Please click here to access The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers website

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Improving the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of expectant mothers, infants, children and young people throughout Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Area.

(N.B: The Family and Therapies team at ABUHB is NOT responsible for the content on the webpage links that we refer to in our resource sections and linked information to external sites. All information was accurate and appropriate at the time the webpage was created.)

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