Infant Feeding

Infant Feeding

The Park Maternity Centre at Hinchingbrooke provides excellent support for infant feeding. We have a dedicated team, consisting of Infant feeding Specialist midwife, Debbie Abbott and Infant Feeding Specialist Maternity Care Assistant, Marielba Pilsbury   who can advise and support you in the choices you make regarding infant feeding.

They provide antenatal infant feeding workshops, which can be booked via the antenatal office, and work in conjunction with all the Maternity team to support your needs on the postnatal ward, utilising the Baby Friendly Initiative principles.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team, contact details can be found below:

Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s’ maternity services was awarded as being a fully accredited Baby Friendly unit  in December 2017.This means we have been assessed and passed on providing the best evidenced based standards in relation to infant feeding. 

Below is a summary of the services we offer as well as some useful links and resources.

Baby Friendly Accredited

These are run approximately every 3 weeks here at the hospital. They are free to attend and you are welcome to bring your partner or friend with you.

They offer an opportunity for you to learn how breastfeeding works as well as giving you support and information on how to get breastfeeding off to a good start.

The workshops are run from 5.30 - 8pm.

To book a place please call the Antenatal Office on 01480 847429

These classes are designed mainly for mothers who have diabetes before or during their pregnancy.

During the class we explain the benefits of expressing and storing your colostrum in the latter weeks of your pregnancy, teach you (with a knitted breast) how to hand express and give you an opportunity to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have.

If you would like to find out more and book a place please email us on: hch-tr.InfantFeedingTeam@nhs.net or call us on 07880 784 955

Other services we offer are:

  • Counselling for pregnant women who wish to discuss their past feeding experiences or any concerns they may have
  • Help you with writing a feeding plan if that is something you would like
  • Breastfeeding and medications
  • Postnatal support with any aspect of feeding up to 4 weeks postnatal
  • Support you with any complex feeding issues you may have including tongue tie
  • Signpost you to further/community support

From Bump to Breastfeeding - an information video that will give you all the information you need to begin and continue a happy breastfeed relationship with your baby.

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers - We’re 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. We’d love you to join us. Become a member of the ABM and help us continue our work.

Breastfeeding Network - where mums and families are able to make informed decisions about breastfeeding, to access help when they need it and to become confident in their choices.

Drugs in breastmilk – a wide selection of information sheets relating to common over-the-counter and prescription medications.

La Leche league – mother-to-mother breastfeeding support from pregnancy through to weaning.

NCT  - We're here to support parents. We give them accurate, impartial information so that they can decide what’s best for their family, and we introduce them to a network of local parents to gain practical and emotional support

Statement on Vitamin D supplements

Building a Happy Baby – This leaflet, which is free to download, helps parents to develop that strong relationship, starting in pregnancy and continuing into the early days, weeks and months of a baby’s life.

Caring for your baby at night: 

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212, 9.30am – 9.30pm every single day of the year. All calls are answered by highly trained volunteers, who are also mums who have breastfed.

Cambridge Infant Feeding Support GroupThis Facebook page gives up-to-date information on all the local support groups in Cambridgeshire. You will also be given written information about the groups when you are discharged from hospital

 

How to do paced bottle feeding video - this is how we recommend you hold and feed your baby with a bottle

Which infant formula to choose and responsive feeding - a simple guide for parents

Guide to bottle feeding – a guide on safe preparation of formula milk

First steps nutrition trust – unbranded information for parents relating to all formula milks

Formula prep machines – a statement on the use of the Tommy Tippee Close to Nature Perfect Prep™

Caring for your baby at night - The resource covers a range of topics including getting some rest, night feeding, safe sleeping environments and helping baby to settle

Breast start app- The Breast Start app is a breastfeeding information app that supports you with all aspects of breastfeeding. Available for iPhone and Androids.