• 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 accredited as Baby Friendly by the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative for excellence in the support of breastfeeding and 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.  If your baby is under 10 days old you are still under midwifery care so you are able to contact them for support.

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

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

Mondays, 10.00-11.00am (term-time)
Baby Group – Lamer Fields Children’s Centre,
Wheathampstead, AL4 8TP

Tuesdays, 10.00-11.00am
Baby Group – Redbourn & Villages Children’s Centre,
Redbourn, AL3 7EX

Wednesdays, 12.00pm-2.30pm
Baby Clinic, Park Hall, Harpenden, AL5 2LX
Breastfeeding support and information supported by trained children’s centre staff at Health Visitor run clinic.

Fridays, 10.00-11.00am (term-time)
Baby Group – Harpenden Children’s Centre at Southdown
Harpenden, AL5 1QB

Health Visitor Baby Clinics
Breastfeeding support can also be accessed at the Health Visitor run Baby Clinics taking place throughout the week. For clinic information call 01582 715 675 or see www.hct.nhs.uk/children-and-families/baby-clinics/dacorum-rural-and-harpenden

Fridays, 10.00-11.00am
Principal Health Centre, Civic Close, St Albans
AL1 3LA, (Health Visitor led)
01727 734 029

Drop-ins run by Midwife/Lactation Consultant

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

Fridays, 10.00-1.00pm (by referral/appointment only)
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

ArdoMedical
01823 336 362
Breast Pump Hire

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