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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, but all you really need is yourself and your baby. But there are some items you may want to have ready to help you. 

  • Nursing bras, night bras and nursing vest tops.
  • Breast pads to line your bra.
  • Nursing nightdresses or pyjamas.
  • Breastfeeding pillow.
  • Nursing pads.
  • Muslin cloths.
  • Nipple cream.
  • A book about breastfeeding.

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.

You may also want to get a nursing apron or large scarf for cover for when you feed in public. But you do not have to cover your baby and breast if you don't want to. Click here to find out about your rights when breast feeding. a link will be added to your rights in law page when created

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 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

The 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.

          

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