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Infant feeding and relationship building

Maternity Breastfeeding

 
Our aim is to help you feed your baby and support you and your family to bond with your baby.  Building a happy baby involves love and closeness.  Loving cuddles are good for your baby's brain.  Happy babies make happy children who become happy adults.

The leaflet Building a happy baby: A guide for parents is a good place to start finding out more about this and also the short video below on Breastfeeding and relationships in the early days. 

We thank Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative www.babyfriendly.org.uk for preparing this video. 


Infosheets in various foreign languages to support parents with basics of feeding and responding to their baby can be found on the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative website.

Training parent to breastfeed

Drop-in antenatal class 

Come along to our drop-in local antenatal infant feeding classes in Harrow.  Family members are welcome to join in.  These are held at -

  • Northwick Park Hospital, Level 4, Maternity Block, Parent Education Room on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 10am to 12noon. 

  • The Wealdstone Centre, 38-40 High Street, Wealdstone, Middlesex, HA3 7AE (for Harrow resident mums only) on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month.

Harrow is a fully re-accredited UNICEF Baby Friendly community.  We offer support to all mothers, whether breastfeeding, mixed feeding or formula feeding.  We also offer specialist support to young mothers under the age of 25.  Further information on the service is available at this link -www.breastfeedinginharrow.org

Ealing community services provide classes and appointments for you and your partner during your pregnancy within the Early Start Team and Children's Centres.  Please contact your Early Start Health Visitor for further details.

How to contact the Infant Feeding Team during office hours only -


Northwick Park Hospital 

Harrow Community

Ealing Community -

or email the teams on LNWH-tr.infantfeedingteam@nhs.net

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If you live in the borough of Brent please ring 020 8102 4900 for support near you.




National Breastfeeding Helpline - 0300 1000 212 (9.30am to 9.30pm)
 

The value of breastmilk

There are many reasons to breastfeed and the benefits include increasing your baby's immunity to ear infections, chest infections and allergies.  Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of ovarian cancer, breast cancer and osteoporosis in mothers.  Talk to your midwife or Health Visitor for more information. 

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