Breastfeeding: Advice for parents
World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months alongside introduction of solids at 6 months, breastfeeding up to 2 years and beyond. Breast milk is produced at the right temperature for the baby and contains natural antibodies which provide immunity to babies to fight against child hood infections. Breast milk is tailored to the needs of the growing baby.
Health visitors are available to offer support and information in your chosen feeding method.
Barking and Dagenham 0-19 Universal children’s services aim to provide a high standard of care so you get the support you need to breastfeed successfully and the correct information for responsive formula feeding. Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby.
Advice for parents on the coronavirus
Please see below useful links:
- Feeding support for you and your baby when face to face support with maternity staff is reduced
- Unicef: Infant feeding during the Covid-19 outbreak
- Unicef: Baby Friendly Initiative statement on infant feeding during the Covid-19 outbreak
- Lullaby Trust: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and caring for your baby
- Unicef https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/about/breastfeeding-in-the-uk/
- Off to the Best Start https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding
Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshops and Infant Feeding Cafe
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