Breastfeeding

The first 1000 days (from conception to two years) plays a critical role in how your baby develops, grows and learns, not just now but for their entire life.

Breastfeeding can make a big difference to the health of a baby and its mother in the short and long-term. A mother’s milk is perfectly made for a baby’s growing needs, and is packed full of disease-fighting antibodies to help protect babies from illness. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended until around 6 months of age, continuing for as long as the mother and baby wish whilst gradually introducing a more varied diet.

Websites

Here are some trustworthy websites for information on breastfeeding, including how to get started, overcoming common problems and other information that you might need:

Local support

Some mothers may need help to breastfeed, especially in the early stages following childbirth.

  • Enfield Children’s Centres provide on-going breastfeeding support
  • Your midwife, health visitor and GP will also have information on local support
  • National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212

Apps

  • Breastfeeding Friend Chatbot For fast, friendly, anytime, trusted NHS advice on breastfeeding, message the Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend chatbot
  • Baby Buddy is a free app developed by experts in the field including midwives, health visitors and doctors. Baby Buddy is your personal baby expert who will guide you through your pregnancy and the first six months of your baby’s life.