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Guide to our infant feeding policy

This Trust supports the right of all parents to make informed choices about how to feed their baby and we will support you in your decision. Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. There are important benefits which breastfeeding provides for both you and your baby. We therefore encourage you to breastfeed. 

Ways in which we will help you to give your baby the healthiest start:

  • We welcome breastfeeding on our premises. All staff throughout NHS Croydon have been trained to support you with breastfeeding
  • During your pregnancy you will have the opportunity to discuss infant feeding individually with your Health Professional or Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
  • Support from Infant Feeding, Midwifery and Volunteer Breastfeeding Support services will be available to help you establish breastfeeding in the early days. The Children’s Universal Service will be available to provide help and support throughout your breastfeeding journey
  • You will have the opportunity to hold your baby next to your skin as soon as possible after birth. You will not be hurried, midwifery staff will be there to support you and help you with the baby’s first feed
  • Your baby will stay with you at all times while in hospital. If your baby is in the special care unit you will have access at all times
  • We would recommend that you keep you baby close to you at all times and to feed your baby whenever he or she seems hungry. Information will be given on how to manage night feeds and how you can tell whether your baby is getting enough milk
  • We will you support you in maintaining your milk supply if your baby is not able to breastfeed. We will show you how to express your breastmilk by hand. You will be given a leaflet to refer to when you get home
  • Before you leave hospital you will be given a booklet on breastfeeding support services throughout Croydon in case you need extra help and support when you are at home. We will give you information to help you breastfeed when you are out and about in Croydon
  • We recommend that you avoid using bottles, dummies and nipple shields while your baby is learning to breastfeed. This is because it can change the way your baby sucks and may lead to breastfeeding difficulties
  • Babies do not need to be given anything other than breastmilk for the first six months. If for some reason your baby does require some other food or drink, this will be explained to you and your permission sought
  • Children’s Universal Service will help you recognise when your baby is ready for other foods at around six months and explain how these can be introduced
  • If you have chosen to formula feed your baby we will ensure that you have the knowledge to make up bottles and sterilise feeding equipment safely

This is your guide to the Infant Feeding Policy.

The full policy can be downloaded by visiting Infant Feeding Policy.

Revised April 2012

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