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.
Havering 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.
Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshop and Infant Feeding Cafe
Infant Feeding Cafe
Click here for useful links and resources for infant feeding
Feeding your baby can feel quite overwhelming at first – whether you are breastfeeding, bottle feeding or a combination of both. We have lots of guidance to support you, along with hints and tips from other parents.
There is a lot of evidence to show how beneficial it is to breastfeed your baby, especially in the early weeks. However, it can take time to get the hang of, and there may be reasons why you cannot breastfeed. If you have any feeding worries or concerns, the best thing to do is speak to your midwife or health visitor.
UNICEF Resources (Available in 11 languages)
Here are a range of resources on infant feeding, relationship building, as well as information on common breastfeeding challenges:
Global Health Media Resources
Here you will find short engaging videos to understand and remember critical points when breastfeeding (available in over 30 languages). Click here to watch a video about 'Attaching your baby to the breast'.
- The Breastfeeding Network
- La Leche League
- Lactation Consultants of Great Britain: Find a lactation consultant near you
- Twins Trust: Feeding twins and triplets
- National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
- UK Association for Milk Banking
- National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212
- Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300 330 5453
- La Leche League: 0345 120 2918
- National childbirth Trust (NCT): 0300 300 0700
- The Breatfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti: 0300 456 2421