Breastmilk is the ideal food for infants. It is safe, clean and contains antibodies which help protect against many common childhood illnesses. Breastmilk provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first months of life, and it continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one third during the second year of life.
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.
Health professionals are available to offer support and information in your chosen feeding method.
Click here for useful links and resources on breastfeeding
National Breastfeeding Helpline - 0300 100 0212
National Breastfeeding helpline - https://www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk/
The Breastfeeding network - https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/
National Childbirth Trust - https://www.nct.org.uk/baby-toddler/feeding/early-days/breastfeeding-support-nct
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers - https://abm.me.uk/
La Leche League - https://www.laleche.org.uk/
NHS Breastfeeding help and support - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/breastfeeding-help-support/
Breastfeeding support from NCT - https://www.nct.org.uk/baby-toddler/feeding/early-days/breastfeeding-support-nct
Breastfeeding after returning to work - https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/feeding-your-baby/breastfeeding/going-back-to-work/
Healthy diet whilst breastfeeding -