• Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a skill that you and your baby learn together and all new skills need practice.

If you have specific concerns, your midwife or health visitor should be able to help, or contact a local breastfeeding support group in Hertfordshire.

The Children’s Centre Group is working towards the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiatve which aims to protect, promote & support breastfeeding and close, loving parent-infant relationships.  Children’s Centre staff are available to provide breastfeeding support before and after your baby is born – please call us to check availability.

Responsive feeding tips

When feeding your baby, there are some important things you can do to make sure you’re closely responding to your baby’s needs.

Skin to skin contact

This is when you hold your baby close, skin to skin, as soon as possible after birth. Your warmth, smell and heartbeat will make your baby feel safe and calm.

You can also do it when you or your baby need some calm time.  Dads can do it too.

Learning your baby’s cues

Keeping baby close to you so that you can recognise feeding cues is helpful.

Most babies will “ask politely” in the first instance. This is a much easier time to feed than when crying.

Feeding at baby’s pace

Babies will often cluster feed and often in the evenings. Like an adult, there will be times when they’re hungrier than others.

More about feeding cues – signs baby is hungry

Formula-fed babies may not finish every feed. Look for signs that they’ve had enough and avoid overfeeding.

Looking at and holding baby close

Babies need this for healthy brain development. There are simple things you can do to ensure you’re enhancing baby’s learning, both before and after baby is born.

Plenty of cuddles

You can’t spoil a baby by picking them up and keeping them close. It helps your baby to feel secure and loved.

Remember, baby cries as a last resort and mostly wants to be close to you. In the early days, limit the number of people who give them a feed. Your baby is getting to know you and is still building up resistance to bacteria.

Local Breastfeeding Support Groups

Monday, 10.00-11.45am
NCT Harpenden Breastfeeding Support Group and Harpenden Sling Library
Harpenden Children’s Centre at Southdown
Dark Lane, Harpenden, AL5 1QB
(Peer supporters and a counsellor)
Harpenden Breastfeeding Support Facebook

Friday, 10.00-12.00pm
Health Visitor Child Health Clinic
Harpenden Children’s Centres,
Holcroft Rd, Harpenden
Herts, AL5 5BQ
(Peer support)
01582 713 872

Fridays, 10.00-11.00am
Principal Health Centre
Civic Close, St Albans
(Health Visitor led)
01727 734 029

Drop-ins run by Midwife/Lactation Consultant

Monday, 1.00-4.00pm
Park Town Children’s Centre
Bailey Street, Luton, LU1 3DU
01582 482 957

Friday, 10.00-1.00pm
Chaul End Centre
515 Dunstable Rd,
Luton, LU4 8QN
01582 557 155

Breastfeeding Counsellors

Tricia King
0774 208 2575 (NCT)

Danielle Pelling
01525 403 505 (LLL)

Sarah Smart
01582 418 258 (NCT)

Breast Pump Hire

01823 336 362
Breast Pump Hire

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