Infant Feeding

Feeding your baby

What happens in your baby’s first years has a big effect on how healthy he or she will be in the future.

Breast milk gives your baby all the nutrients he or she needs for around the first 6 months of life (and it’s important beyond six months too).

Infant formula is made from cows’ milk and other ingredients. It doesn’t contain the ingredients that help protect your baby from infection and disease.

Breastfeeding is good for mums too as:

  • breast milk is FREE where formula feeding costs around £10 per tin
  • it lowers your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer and also helps to protect your bones later life
  • it naturally uses up about 500 extra calories a day so mums who breastfeed may find it easier to lose their pregnancy weight

Breastfeeding will be discussed with you at intervals throughout your pregnancy by both your midwife and health visitor

Babies who are not breastfed have an increased chance of:

  • diarrhoea and vomiting and having to go to hospital as a result
  • chest and ear infections
  • overfeeding which leads to obesity - this means they are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and other illnesses later in life
  • being constipated
  • being fussy about new foods
  • developing eczema

Midwives and health visitors will respect your choice and support you with formula feeding if this is the feeding method you choose.

Doncaster's Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme

Doncaster’s Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme makes it easier for breastfeeding mums to know where they will be made especially welcome to breastfeed their babies whilst out and about in Doncaster. These are places where mums can be assured that staff will be supportive of their breastfeeding.

More than 150 businesses have signed up to the scheme which includes local cafes and restaurants, children centres, private nurseries and GP surgeries. Businesses signing up will receive a sticker, certificate and will be included in the directory below:

Doncaster's Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme directory
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Sign up 

Any business that is open to the public is welcome to join Doncaster's Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.

To sign up please complete the e-form below:

Those that sign up will be given a window sticker and certificate to display to show that breastfeeding is supported on the premises.

For further information on the breastfeeding welcome scheme please email; Victoria.Shackleton@doncaster.gov.uk  

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Last updated: 21 December 2020 12:20:33