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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 your baby but all you really need are some breast pads to line your bra to prevent milky leaks, nipple cream and good well fitting nursing bras.

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

You could use a muslin/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 breastfeeding in public. 

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. *Click here* to find out more about expressing milk.

To find out more about sterilising bottles and equipment *click here*.

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. 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

If you would like to make connections with other parents please click on the links for our Just One Norfolk Community Forum, the Norfolk Community Directory or Early Childhood & Family Service (ECFS) below.

           

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