A parent’s guide to the breastfeeding policy
SEPT Community Health Services Bedfordshire, Bedford Hospital, Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Borough Councils will provide you with clear information to help you make an informed choice about how best to feed your baby. All our staff will support you in whichever decision you make. Medical evidence tells us that breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed a baby and there are health benefits for mothers who breastfeed too. We therefore encourage you to breastfeed your baby.
How we will help you to breastfeed successfully
- All our staff have been specially trained to help you to breastfeed your baby.
- During your pregnancy, you will be able to discuss breastfeeding individually with a midwife or health visitor by 34 weeks of pregnancy and they will answer any questions you may have.
- We recommend that you hold your new baby against your skin as soon as possible after birth. The hospital staff will not interfere or hurry you but will be there to support you and to help you with your first breastfeed.
- Midwives will be available to explain how to put your baby to the breast and to help with feeds in the early days. Staff from the 0-19 team will provide information and support later on.
- We will show you how to express your breastmilk and we will give you written information about this.
- We recommend that you keep your baby near you, in hospital and at home, so that you can get to know each other. We will give you information and advice about how to manage night feeds once you are at home.
- We will encourage you to feed your baby whenever he or she seems to be hungry, this is called baby led feeding. We will explain to you how you can tell that your baby is getting enough milk.
- We recommend that you avoid using bottles, dummies and nipple shields while your baby is learning to breastfeed. This is because they can make it more difficult for your baby to learn to breastfeed successfully and for you to establish a good milk supply.
- Most babies do not need to be given anything other than breastmilk until they are six months old. If for some reason your baby needs some other food or drink before this, the reason will be fully explained to you by the staff.
- We will help you to recognise when your baby is ready for other foods (normally at about six months) and explain how these can be introduced.
- We welcome breastfeeding on our premises. We will give you information to help you breastfeed when you are out and about.
- We will give you a list of people who you can contact for extra help and support with breastfeeding, or who can help if you have a problem.
This is your guide to the breastfeeding policy, please ask a member of staff if you wish to see the full policy.
Cherry Trees Children's Centre, Bedford - Tuesday - 13.00 - 15.00
Hawkins Road, Bedford MK42 9LZ
Tel: 01234 316433
Pine Cones Children's Centre, Bedford - Wednesday - 11.00 - 12.30
Slade walk, Bedford MK41 7SA
Tel: 01234 268459
Daisy Hill Children's Centre, Kempston - Thursday - 13.00 - 15.00
Bedford Road Lower School, Hillgrounds Road, Kempston MK42 8QH
Tel: 01234 303600
Goldington Children’s Centre, Bedford - Friday - 11.30 - 13.00
30 Meadway, Bedford MK41 9HU
Tel: 01234 341977
Ampthill Health Centre, Ampthill – Monday - 12.15 – 13.30
Oliver Street, Ampthill MK45 2SB
Tel: 01525 714008
Dunstable Health Centre, Dunstable – Tuesday – 10.30 – 12.00
Priory Gardens, Dunstable LU6 3SU
Tel: 01582 708241
Sandy Community Children’s Centre – Tuesday – 13.00 – 14.00
Laburnum Road, Sandy, SG19 1HQ
Tel: 01767 699019
Orchard Children's Centre, Shefford - Tuesday - 13.30 - 14.45
Shefford Lower School, School Lane, Shefford SG17 5XA
Tel: 01462 615115
Toddington Village Hall, Toddington - Tuesday - 11.15 - 12.30
Leighton Road, Toddington LU5 6AN
Tel: 01525 384368
Red Bear Children's Centre, Stotfold - Tuesday - 11.30 - 12.30
St Marys Church of England Academy Stotfold, Rook Tree Lane, Stotfold SG5 4DL
Tel: 01462 730623
Tithe Farm Neighbourhood Centre, Houghton Regis - Wednesday - 11.30 - 13.00
Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis LU5 5JB
Tel: 01582 867692
Flitwick Children's Centre - Wednesday - 11.30 - 13.00
Templefield Lower School, Malham Close, Flitwick MK45 1AJ
Tel: 01525 714008
Roundabout Children's Centre, Leighton Buzzard - Wednesday - 11.00 - 12.30
St Georges Lower School, East Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1EW
Tel: 01525 384368
Dates correct as of 2 December 2013
For help and support with breastfeeding outside of normal working hours the following contact details may be useful.
National helpline numbers which are charged at local rates
National Breastfeeding helpline number - 0300 100 0212 - 08.00 - 22.00
NCT Breastfeeding helpline number - 0300 330 0771 - 08.00 - 22.00
Breastfeeding Network helpline number - 0300 100 0210 - 09.30 - 21.30
Breastfeeding Network supporter line - 0300 456 2421 - 09.30 - 21.30
(Bengali and Syleti)
La Leche League helpline number - 0845 120 2918 (24hrs)
Websites which you may find useful
For more information please contact:-
UNICEF Breastfeeding Co-ordinator
Tel: 01525 631152