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Breastfeeding

What Do You Need To Breastfeed?

There are lots of products on the market that claim to be needed if you are going to breastfeed your baby.

All you really need are;

  • some breast pads to line your bra to prevent milky leaks
  • nipple cream
  • a well fitting nursing bra.

You can use a cushion from around the house to support your baby in a higher position when you are feeding. 

You do not have to cover your baby and breast when feeding outside of the home. You could use a muslin/scarf for cover if this makes you feel more comfortable.

Read more about feeding out and about

If you plan to express milk, you will need to have sterilising equipment, bottles (or milk storage bags) and possibly a breast pump if you choose not to hand express.

Read more about expressing milk

Read more about sterilising bottles and equipment


Who can Help?

If your baby is less than 28 days old you can contact your local midwifery team or you can contact the Healthy Child Programme at any time following your baby's birth by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590.

Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

Norfolk Healthy Child Programme has a team of infant feeding champions who can contact you by video call/telephone initially to discuss your questions and refer you to further help if required. All of our staff are trained to Unicef standards to provide you with the best possible breastfeeding support and advice.

It may help in the first instance to look again at our page on Positioning and Attachment or read the Essential Guide to Feeding & Caring for your Baby

Norfolk’s Early Childhood and Family Service (ECFS) offers support for all parents and carers with children aged 0 to 5 years.

To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum below.

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