Breastfeeding Information Links

Kerry Bassil takes you through some super useful links to help you prepare for your breastfeeding journey if this is your choice.

Starting Breastfeeding - A Sprinkle of Support

Summarising breastfeeding on a page is an impossible task, so here's just a few nuggets of information and a selection of signposts to kickstart your journey should you to breasfeed your baby/babies

Did you know....?

Breastmilk kills cancer cells in the lab. Just 20 mins after being exposed to an infectious agent a mother is producing the right antibody in her milk. Breastmilk is always ready at the right temperature - anytime, any place, anywhere. Breasts adjust to make the amount of milk that is being removed from them. New born tummies are tiny, so they need to refill at least 8-12 times in 24 hours. 'Successful breastfeeding' can look like many different things for different families.

Links to fantastic video support / info to kickstart our journey.
Must watch! 10 minute video: attaching your baby at the breast

Summarising breastfeeding on a page is an impossible task, so here's just a few nuggets of information and a selection of signposts to kickstart your journey should you to breasfeed your baby/babies

Amazing milk!

Positioning and attachment

Is baby getting enough milk?

Supporting a breastfeeding mother

Free Online Resource: The La Leche Tear-off Toolkit

Colostrum harvesting in pregnancy

The early days

For special circumstances: the 3 keeps

Exclusive expressing is possible too

Where to get support, online, helpline and in person

Who's Who:

Midwives, GPs, health visitors all have basic training, further skills and experience vary.

Peer supporters can answer simple queries on the normal course of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Counsellors offer more in depth support, often at groups.

Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are highly trained to support breastfeeding families from the most simple to very complex cases.

Four main UK charities offering peer support and breastfeeding counsellors:

La Leche League (LLLGB) & 0345 120 2918.

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) 0300 330 0700

The Breastfeeding Network (BFN) and The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM) run the National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212

Local Groups to Chelmsford Essex

The Positive Breastfeeding Book by Amy Brown

Let's Talk About Your New Family's Sleep by Lyndsey Hookway

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding-selected chapters only. This is a substantial book and needn't be read in one sitting. There are a handful of short chapters for each stage from pregnancy and birth through to the end of the breastfeeding journey.

If you're experiencing pain, seek support.

If you're receiving conflicting advice, seek support.

If baby isn't gaining weight, seek support.

It's never too early to ask for help.

Find Kerry: @kerrybassilibclc / kerrybassilibclc.com