Infant Feeding

Baby Friendly Accredited
We're pleased to say that North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust maternity services were 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.
We believe that breastfeeding is the healthiest option for both you and your baby, and the hospital operates a breastfeeding policy that supports parents and provides recommendations for breastfeeding in the early days.


We have a dedicated team 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.

Temporarily not available due to Covid-19 restrictions
A breastfeeding workshop is held from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Level 4 Learning and Development at PCH. To book please call the infant feeding team on 01733 677219 Leave a voicemail with your name, telephone number and DIS number. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

You can call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212 or visit the UNICEF website / NCT website.

Formula Feeding

During your stay with us you will need to provide your own formula. Please do not bring powdered milk in as we do not have the facilities to make up the formula.

We request that you purchase ready made formula. You can store larger cartons in the fridge or you can purchase 70 ml bottles/ cartons to prevent waist.

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Our Infant Feeding team have produced a couple of Facebook live videos to help answer any questions you have regarding infant feeding. 


You can watch the first one here, and the second one here.

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Catherine Rai
Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife / Lactation Consultant
Monday - Friday: 01733 677219 / 
catherine.rai@nhs.net







Debbie Abbott Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife
Debbie Abbott
Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife
Monday - Friday: 01480 418772 / 07880 784955 / 
hch-tr.infantfeedingteam@nhs.net





Sue Clulow
Nursery Nurse
  • Off to the best start - important information about feeding your baby
  • 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.   
  • First steps nutrition trust - a charity that provides information and resources to support eating well during pregnancy. 
  • La Leche league – mother-to-mother breastfeeding support from pregnancy through to weaning.
  • NCT guide to breastfeeding - advice and guidance from the NCT info centre.
  • NHS Choices guide to breastfeeding - whether you're still pregnant or already have your baby, our breastfeeding guide has all the information you'll need.
  • The Breastfeeding Network - a website with information on breastfeeding. 
  • Unicef baby friendly initiative - learn more about the scheme.
  • Unicef guidance on caring for your baby at night - learn how to safely feed and put your baby to sleep.
  • Baby Cafe Facebook - Breastfeeding support group for pregnant women and mums.
  • Baby Buddy App - Best beginnings jade developed an app that guides you through your pregnancy. Visit their website for more information.
  • 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.
  • Safer sleep for babies guide   
  • 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.
  • Drugs in breast milk – a wide selection of information sheets relating to common over-the-counter and prescription medications.
  • 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™

  • Antenatal breastfeeding workshops - 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       

  • Antenatal express classes - 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 784955

  • 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.

  • Unicef statement regarding Vitamin D    
Unicef videos:
 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
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 Group This 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.