Further Information

A new pregnancy can raise lots of questions, thoughts and concerns.

Do talk directly to your midwife if anything is bothering you or come to a drop-in. The websites below may also help to answer your questions

NHS Pregnancy Support

Whether you're planning to have a baby or are already pregnant you will find the links below useful.

> Visit the NHS antenatal website for leaflets, info and film clips to help you prepare

> Or use the interactive pregnancy planner

National and Local Voluntary Breastfeeding Organisations

Below you will find information, National Telephone Helplines and local Breastfeeding Counsellors.

The Breastfeeding Network - UK charity providing a telephone helpline, drugs helpline, support centres and leaflets and information sheets.

> Visit the Breastfeeding Network's website

National Childbirth Trust  - UK charity providing a breastfeeding telephone helpline, antenatal and postnatal classes and other resources for parents. Also training & resources for professionals

> Visit the NCT website

La Leche League Great Britain - An international breastfeeding charity with a worldwide network of volunteer breastfeeding counsellors who help mothers by telephone and also run support meetings. La Leche League publishes many books and leaflets for mothers and health professionals.

> Visit the La Leche League website.

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers - UK charity providing a telephone helpline, information, useful publications & links

> Visit the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers website

 

Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

Because you are going back to work does not mean that you have to stop breastfeeding your baby.

Many working women find ways to continue breastfeeding when they return to work. There are still health benefits for you and your baby and it is a nice way to say hello to your baby when you get home from work.

Talk to a breastfeeding advocate and other mothers at a breastfeeding drop in group or call one of the Breastfeeding Telephone Helplines for support and information.

Reducing the Risk of Cot Death

Here are some key tips to reduce the risk of cot death also known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

  • Place your baby on their back  to sleep in a cot in the same room as you for the first six months

  • Don't smoke during pregnancy or breastfeeding and don't let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby

  • Don't share a bed with your baby if you've been drinking alcohol, if you take drugs or you're a smoker.

  • Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair

  • Don't let your baby get too hot or cold

  • Keep your baby's head uncovered. Their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders.

  • Place your baby in the 'feet to foot' position (with their feet at the end of the cot or Moses basket).

For more information visit the Lullaby Trust website or watch their 'Safer Sleep for Babies' video