Beyond the First Few Weeks

Breastfeeding support in Greenwich does not stop just because you are successfully breastfeeding your baby. Your Health Visiting team and breastfeeding groups will continue to be a source of support and information.

As you and your baby get breastfeeding established you may find that you have other questions about feeding an older baby.

Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

You don’t need to stop breastfeeding just because you’re returning to work. Many working women find ways to continue breastfeeding their baby. 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.

If you know any breastfeeding mothers who have already gone back to work, ask them for advice. You could also visit healthtalk.org to see mothers talking about going back to work and breastfeeding. Talk to a breastfeeding advocate and other mothers at a breastfeeding drop-in group or call one of the helplines for support and information. 

Click here to download the NHS Start4Life leaflet Breastfeeding after returning to work or study 

See NHS Choices information on breastfeeding and going back to work 

Visit the Breastfeeding Network for information on breastfeeding and returning to work 

Watch this Best Beginnings video of three mothers who express their milk for different reasons and find out how mothers continue breastfeeding when they return to work.

Expressing and returning to work

For detailed information about your rights when returning to work

> Please go to the Maternity Alliance website 

Or follow the links to the NHS and DirectGov websites here

> DH Guide to Maternity Benefits

Starting Solids

Introducing Solid Foods to your Baby

Health experts agree that about six months is the best age for introducing solids. Before this, your baby’s digestive system is still developing, and introducing solids too early can increase the risk of infections and allergies. It is also easier to do this at six months, as your baby is ready to learn to eat.

 As you and your baby get breastfeeding established you may find that you have other questions about feeding your baby.

Start4Life gives lots of free hints, tips and short videos that will help answer your parenting questions including starting solids

See the NHS Choices website for more info

The Breastfeeding Network website offers help on feeding an older baby and you can see mothers talk about breastfeeding an older baby on healthtalkonline

Is your baby premature? BLISS is a national charity that can offer you excellent information and support.