About Breastfeeding

Nearly every woman can make all the milk her baby needs – even if she has twins or triplets.

Although it’s natural, mothers and babies still need to learn how to breastfeed and the links below offer help with good positioning and attachment, increasing milk supply and preventing problems:

How Breastfeeding Works

Your body starts preparing for breastfeeding as soon as you get pregnant.

By finding out how to make sure your baby is attaching well to the breast, painful breastfeeding problems can be avoided and you can increase your milk supply

For more information check out Breastfed Babies.org and Kelly Mom can give lots of tips about feeding.

How to breastfeed

In this short DVD Tracey demonstrates 'how to breastfeed' with her baby




What are the different positions for breastfeeding?

Kate shows how holding your baby in different positions can help with breastfeeding, preventing sore nipples and ensuring good, efficient milk exchange.



> This short NHS video gives another demonstration of latching on in different positions

Breastfeeding More than One Baby

Breastfeeding more than one baby?

Tamba (the Twins & Multiple Births Association) produces information specifically for mums with more than one baby 

> Visit the Tamba website here or download their booklet 

> Tamba Breastfeeding more than one (PDF)

Night Time Feeds

Night time feeds are very important for your milk supply and your baby needs to breastfeed at night to grow well.

It is recommended that your baby shares a room with you for at least the first 6 months, as this protects babies against cot death and helps with breastfeeding .

Becoming a parent is a very special time and can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, however, it can also be challenging, especially when you are tired and your baby is awake and wanting to feed frequently during the night.

More information can be found at the following:

> UNICEF Caring for your baby at night leaflet.

> The NEW ISIS Infant Sleep Information Source website.

>Getting your baby to sleep from NHS CHOICES.

> View the 'Reducing the risk of cot death' leaflet (pdf) 

Expressing and Storing Breastmilk

The information below will review why hand expressing is important, how to express breast milk and how to store breast milk safely

Why express breast milk?

  • To start & increase milk production
  • Increase your confidence & understanding of how breastfeeding works
  • Produce a few drops to tempt baby to feed
  • Soften a full breast to help discomfort or help baby to attach
  • To get milk for a baby who cannot feed or is separated from mother
  • To prevent & deal with problems eg clear a blocked duct & prevent mastitis
  • Social reasons – including returning to work

Why hand express?

  • Convenient – you can do it anywhere – no equipment needed
  • More like the action of breastfeeding & skin to skin than pumps which work by suction
  • Best way to express first milk –colostrum
  • Less painful than a breast pump if nipples are sore or cracked or breasts very full

Storing milk

  • Remember to use a sterilised container to put the milk in.
  • You can store mum’s milk in the fridge for up to 5 days at 4 C or lower (usually at the back, never in the door).
  • Mum’s milk can be stored for 2 weeks in the ice compartment of a fridge or for up to 6 months in a freezer.
  • Defrost frozen mum’s milk in the fridge. Once thawed, use it straight away.
  • If your baby prefers, you can warm the milk up to body temperature before feeding. Never heat milk in the microwave as it can cause hot spots which can burn your baby’s mouth

 Need to hire a hospital grade breastpump?

 For more detailed information

> View the Best Beginnings website and their DVD on expressing

> Visit the Breastfeeding Network website

> View the BfN leaflet on expressing and storing breast milk (pdf)

> View the UNICEF 'How to hand express' film clip

Thinking about Breastfeeding in Public

Practical tips for breastfeeding in Greenwich

Breastfeeding in public can mean breastfeeding in front of a relative or friend in your own home, or in a public place, such as a café or shopping centre.

During your baby’s early days, you may prefer to breastfeed only where you feel most comfortable.

But, as you get more used to doing it, you’re likely to feel more confident about breastfeeding in front of other people when you're out and about.

Here are some practical tips and ideas for breastfeeding in Greenwich:

The NHS Choices Video helps you to think through what you want to do and prepare yourself

The Greenwich Breastfeeding Strategy leaflet 'Breastfeeding Out and About' (pdf) local mums make suggestions and offer support

Recommended Breastfeeding Websites

Reliable national and international websites:

UNICEF Babyfriendly UK  gives details  of the international 'Babyfriendly' Initiative which supports parents in bonding closely with their baby. There lots of information for parents and breastfeeding leaflets which can be printed out.

'Laid back breastfeeding' is a different approach to postioning babies at the breast. This website has short film clips of these laid back positions, also known as biological nurturing 

UK sites 

Best Beginnings  works to improve awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding and its role in reducing health inequalities. Watch ‘Bump to breastfeeding’ DVD

'Kelly Mom' is an informative US site for both parents and professionals

The Real Baby Milk website  offers practical information for parents, including biological nurturing approach to positioning

Listen to some mothers views and experiences of breastfeeding on healthtalkonline.org

What Other Mum's say about Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is different for every mum.

In this 'Bump to Breastfeeding' video  you can hear Mums talking directly about how they found it. 

Hollie McNish gives a poets' insight into her breastfeeding experience.