Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Infant Feeding

Last updated: 02 July 2020

However you feed your baby, it is important you receive good clear information to help you feel confident and reassure you that the feeding is going well.

Research shows that breastfeeding provides many benefits for babies and mothers, to find out more please visit the antenatal page to find out where you can access valuable information on antenatal breastfeeding classes and antenatal hand expressing. 

If you have already had your baby and feel like you need extra support or information, whether breast or bottle feeding your baby please visit the postnatal page.

Whether you choose to breast, bottle or mixed feed your baby, please access this link Healthy Feeding Healthy Weight booklet for more information.

 

To help visualise how a baby latches onto the breast please click on the link below to show a short graphic video

From Bump To Breastfeeding: Graphic of a Baby Attaching on the Breast from Best Beginnings on Vimeo

 

Skin To Skin

Skin to skin has many advantages for your baby, yourself and your partner. The midwifery team will be able to show you how to hold your baby safely ensuring your baby's neck is straight and their head is upright so they can breathe easily and you can see their face so you can check they are ok.   

 

 

 

Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes

Unfortunately at this current time due to the Covid-9 pandemic the maternity department has made the decision to temporarily cancel the face to face antenatal breastfeeding classes. However, we are able to offer virtual group face to face classes via zoom. To book onto one of these please phone 07712415559 or 07798925529.

Breastfeeding network are also offering virtual antenatal breastfeeding classes. To find out more about these please email Bfnsouthcoast@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

 

Please access the link below for a list of useful websites and speak to your midwife or health visitor for any questions you may have regarding feeding. Thank you for your understanding at this time

Antenatal infant feeding support information

 

Antenatal Hand Expressing

 Have you thought about collecting your breast milk when you are pregnant so you have some stored for when your baby arrives? For more information to do this safely and when please speak to your midwife and click on the link below: 

Antenatal Hand Expressing Leaflet

If this is something you are interested in doing please ask your midwife for a colostrum collecting kit

 

How Making Milk Works

Please click on the link below to see a video made by the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers to help you understand How Lactation Works (making milk)

https://abm.me.uk/how-lactation-works/

 

Vitamins

Please click on the links below for information and advice on taking vitamins  

www.healthystart.nhs.uk/healthy.start-vouchers/healthy-start-vitamins/

Vitamin D

 

 

Infant Feeding Support

Please click on the links below for telephone numbers to contact should you need advice regarding feeding your baby and a list of useful websites.  The links have been categorised into the area from whom you are receiving your maternity care from. 

Infant feeding support north area

Infant feeding support Portsmouth City

Infant feeding support west area

  

Breastfeeding Information

Breastfeeding Information in Different Languages 

See below a link to Baby Friendly Initiative information sheet to help guide you through the basics of breastfeeding, including how to know if your baby is getting enough breast milk.

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - English language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding information - Arabic language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Bengali language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding information - Hindi language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Lithuanian language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Mandarin language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Polish language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Romanian language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Slovak language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information -Turkish language 

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Urdu

  

 

How Making Milk Works

Please click on the link below to see a video made by the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers to help you understand How Lactation Works (making milk)

https://abm.me.uk/how-lactation-works/

 

 

Positioning & Attachment

Please see the video link below which will help show you how your baby latches onto the breast

 http://globalhealthmedia.org/portfolio-items/attaching-your-baby-at-the-breast/

 

 

 Breastfeeding Assessment Tool

Baby Friendly Initiative have produced the tool below to help you to recognise that breastfeeding your baby is going well. Please follow the link below to access the tool on their website. You will see a similar assessment tool in your postnatal notes and your baby's Personal Child Health Record book. If you have any concerns that your baby is not feeding well please contact the midwifery team or your health visitor. 

http://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/implementing-standards-resources/breastfeeding-assessment-tools/

 

 

 

 

Bottle Feeding Information

 

 Bottle Feeding Assessment Tool

Baby Friendly Initiative have produced the assessment tool below for to help you to recognise that bottle feeding is going well . Please follow the link below to access the tool on their website. If you have any concerns that your baby is not feeding well contact the midwifery team or your health visitor.

http://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/bottle-feeding-resources/bottle-feeding-assessment-tool/

 

 

 

Bottle Feeding Information in Different Languages

See below a link to Baby Friendly Initiative information sheet if you wish to bottle feed your baby, to help guide you to do this as safely as possible, whether it is your expressed breast milk or formula milk.  

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - English language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Arabic language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Bengali language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Hindi language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information- Lithuanian language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Mandarin language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Polish language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Romanian language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Slovak language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Turkish language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Urdu language

 

Vitamin D

Please follow the link below for guidance regarding vitamin D for yourself, baby and family.

Vitamin D 

 

Healthy Start Vitamins

Please follow the link below for information on healthy start vitamins.

https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/

 

Safe Sleep Guidance

Please follow the links below for information on safe sleep.

www.lullabytrust.org.uk/

www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/new-resources-safer-sleep-week/

 

Useful links to support you with feeding your baby

Healthy Feeding Healthy Weight Booklet

Off To The Best Start 

www.laleche.org.uk 

breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

www.nct.org.uk

www.abm.me.uk

www.lcgb.org

www.kellymom.com

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