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Breastfeeding

Why Breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your new baby. Breastmilk helps your baby's immune system work and provides protection from infection. Your breastmilk is unique to your baby and changes as they grow. Breastfeeding also reduces your risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and weak bones in later life.

Breastfeeding is a skill you both need to learn, so don't worry if it doesn't go perfectly at first. Any amount of breast milk is good for your baby’s health and wellbeing. Every drop of breastmilk your baby receives counts.

All mums and babies will have a different breastfeeding experience. You can breastfeed your baby for as long as you want to and there is help to support you throughout your journey. 

Watch the video below to find out more information about the benefits of breastfeeding your baby.


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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