The Early Days
After your baby is born and whilst doing skin to skin your baby may be rooting for the breast, if you choose to breast feed (or to offer your baby just one feed at your breasts).
Allow your baby to find your breasts as they are learning how to get their first feed. Breastfeeds can be long, short and at varying times in the day. Breast feeding is not just for nutrition but for love, comfort and reassurance and a way of spending time together. You can breastfeed responsively by offering your breasts if they become full, or if you need to go out or if you just want a cuddle. Breastfed babies cannot be overfed or spoilt by too much feeding.
Bottle feed offer the first feed whilst you are still doing skin to skin. If you and your partner bottle feed your baby in the early days/weeks you will get to know your baby very quickly and learn to respond to your baby’s needs. Whilst bottle feeding your baby, hold your baby close and allow your baby the time they need to feed, this will help to build up a close and loving relationship, making your baby feel safe and secure.
Follow the link below for paced bottle feeding information
Follow the links below for guidance about caring for your baby in the early days -
Breast feeding information
How to Position and Attach your Baby
How to Hand express
How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?
What dads need to know about Breast Feeding
Caring for your baby at night (Unicef)
Expressing and Storing your Breast milk
Take a look at the links below for further advice and information -
Formula feeding information
Infant Formula Guide (Unicef)
Start for life Guide to Bottle feeding (NHS)
Baby Friendly responsive bottle feeding guide