You’ll need all the help and support you can get when looking after a new baby – it’s a big job! The company of friends or a support group can also really help a new mum’s mood, as well as providing essential information.
Are you a breastfeeding mum? Or a mum-to-be considering breastfeeding? Drop in to one of our Breastfeeding Cafes for help, information and support from our Breastfeeding Peer Supporters and to meet other mums.
BREASTFEEDING CAFES/INFANT FEEDING GROUPS
OVER BANK HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS PLEASE PHONE THE NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING HELPLINE ON 0300 100 0212
Tuesday: 10.30 am - midday, The Bridge, 234 Stratford Road, Shirley, B90 3AG
Wednesday: 10 – 11.30am, Renewal Family Centre, Vulcan Road, Solihull, B91 2JY
Thursday: 9.30 – 11am, Hatchford Brook Youth Centre, Old Lode Lane, Solihull, B92 8JE
BREASTFEEDING CLINICS – APPOINTMENT ONLY
For more complex challenges; tongue tie assessments, baby weight loss etc.
Please contact your Health Visitor/ Midwife/ GP for referral or self refer by calling 0121 717 4366
Wednesday 9.45 – 11am Balsall Common Health Centre, 1 Ashley Drive, Balsall Common, CV7 7RW
Tongue tie is a problem affecting some babies with a tight piece of skin between the underside of their tongue and the floor of their mouth (lingual frenulum). It can sometimes affect the baby’s feeding, making it hard for them to attach properly to their mother’s breast. You can find out more about tongue tie here http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/tongue-tie/Pages/Introduction.aspx
If you are concerned about your baby’s feeding and think they may have a tongue tie, speak to your Infant Feeding Specialist. Alternatively, your Health Visitor, Midwife or GP can refer you to the Infant Feeding Team or you can contact us to make an appointment for a tongue tie assessment on 0121 717 4366.
If you would like to self refer directly to a tongue tie clinic you can do so with this link:
NHS midwife-led clinic at Russells Hall Hospital – http://dudleygroup.nhs.uk/services-and-wards/maternity/tongue-tie-assessment-clinic/
Hints and Tips
Lots of women are worried about breastfeeding when they’re out and about, but knowing what clothes to wear and what positions work best can help you feel more confident and less exposed. Its also good to talk to other mums about good places to go where you will be welcomed – also see our App “Feeding Friend” which is available on all phones and has locations around Solihull who have told us they welcome breastfeeding and will tell you which is nearest to you. You will also find a list of these places at the bottom of this page.
What to wear
- Tops that unbutton from the bottom
- Stretchy tops that pull up
- Two piece outfits, if you’re going somewhere special
- Nursing bras/tops
- Double up – with a nursing vest or stretchy cami that can be pulled down and another top which can be pulled up
Avoid shirts that you have to unbutton as they can make you feel really exposed.
- Jackets, shirts over a vest top and cardigans can all be used a screen while feeding and will cover almost everything!
- Scarves and baby blankets are also good at keeping things under wraps
- Use a baby sling – they make carrying baby easier on your back and cover most of your boob too
Where to feed
Feed wherever you feel comfortable, but don’t think that you have to hide away in a public toilet. Try and get settled somewhere before your baby gets hungry. If they start crying it will draw more attention to you.
If you’re in a café, try and find a seat that is out of the way – if you have to keep moving your chair it may upset baby’s feed
Try and find a quiet spot, such as a fitting room, or even in your car.
Larger shops and some shopping centres now offer special mum and baby rooms for breastfeeding
“Times are changing and more places are offering baby feeding rooms. I’m not embarrassed about breastfeeding, I just prefer a quiet spot” – Local mum, Laura
Some people may give you strange looks or make comments, but try not to let it put you off.
Try not to let other people stress you out when you’re feeding, it’s not good for you or your baby. Try and ignore them, but if you can’t:
- Make a joke about the situation
- Calmly explain that it’s the best thing for your baby and completely natural
- If you’re being harassed, make sure you tell the manager
Practise! The more you do it, the better you get at getting baby latched on quickly. Practise at home, in your own time. It might seem like a big deal to you, but most people probably won’t even notice, and if they do – who cares what they think? You’re doing the best thing for you and your baby. Breastfeeding is an amazing achievement – be proud of it!
“I didn’t really mind what other people thought, but knowing how to feed without showing anything gave me that extra confidence.” – Local mum, Danielle
If you’re worried about breastfeeding in public, the best thing you can do is talk to other mums about it. You don’t need to wait until after the baby is born either, you can drop in when you’re pregnant. See above for groups near you.
Solihull, Breastfeeding Friendly Locations
Mortons, 7 Main Street, Dickens Heath, B90 1UB, tel. 0121 744 2884
Harvester, Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4EE, tel. 0121 733 1666
The Plough, 1080 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4EP, tel. 0121 744 2942
Mothercare, 1 Solihull Retail Park, Chalford Way, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4LD, tel. 0121 733 7296
Marks and Spencer, Sears Retail Park, Unit 2, Solihull, B90 4QY, tel. 0121 744 9539
Next, 131 Marshall Lake Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4RB, tel. 0333 0055305
Drum & Monkey, 177 Four Ashes Road, Dorridge, Solihull, B93 8ND, tel. 01564 772242
Nandos, 192 -194 Stratford Road, Shirley, B90 3AQ, tel. 0121 744 9146 & Touchwood, Solihull B91 3GS, tel. 0121 711 2505
Central Library Cafe, Solihull Library, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG, tel. 0121 704 6965
Giraffe, Unit SU52E, Touchwood, Solihull, B91 3GJ, tel. 0121 704 3355
Pizza Express, Touchwood, B91 3GJ, tel. 0121 711 3478
Pizza Hut, Touchwood, Solihull, B91 3GS, tel. 0121 711 2554
Wagamama, Touchwood, Solihull, B91 3GS, tel. 0121 711 7075
Bulls Head, 7 Lime Kiln Lane, Earlswood, Solihull, tel. 01564 700368
Cafe Rouge, 134 High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX, tel. 0121 711 8881
McDonalds, High Street, Solihull, B91 3TB, tel. 0121 709 0708
Boots, Mell Square, Solihull, B91 3AZ, tel. 0121 705 7553
BHS, 32 – 34 Drury Lane, Solihull, B91 3BG, tel. 0121 711 7494
John Lewis, Touchwood, Solihull, B91 3RA, tel. 0121 704 1121
Zizzi, 10 Poplar Road, Solihull, B91 3AB, tel. 0121 704 5030
Costa Coffee, Mell Square, Solihull, B91 3AZ, tel. 0121 711 7190
Marks & Spencer, 37 – 41 Mill Lane, Solihull, B91 3AG, tel. 0121 704 4121
Bella Italia, Unit 25A, Touchwood, Solihull, B91 3GS, tel. tel. 0121 711 8444
The Forest Hotel, 25 Station Approach, Dorridge, Solihull, B93 8JA, tel. 01564 772120
The Boat Inn, 22 Hampton Lane, Solihull, B91 2TJ, tel. 0121 705 0474
The Greswolde Hotel, High Street, Knowle, Solihull, B93 0LL, tel.01564 77271
The Kings Arms, 2110 Warwick Road, Knowle, Solihull, B93 0EE, tel. 01564 771177
The Little Owl, Bickenhill Parkway, Solihull, B40 1QA, tel. 0121 7810331
ASDA, Bosworth Drive, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5EX, tel 0121 788 5700
McDonalds, 345 Bosworth Drive, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5EX, tel. 0121 788 2641
Chelmsley Wood Library, West Mall, Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, B37 5TN, tel. 0121 788 4380
Subway, 5 Coppice Way, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5TX, tel. 0121 788 0505
You+, 1 Coppice Way, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5TX, tel. 0121 712 7770
Boots, 29 – 31 Greenwood Way, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5TL, tel. 0121 770 6011
Greggs, Lower Ground, West Mall, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5TT, tel 0121 779 6063
North Solihull Sports Centre, Conway Road, Fordbridge, B37 5LA, tel. 0121 770 3822
Coach & Horses, The Green, Castle Bromwich, B36 9AR, tel. 0121 748 5900
Here are some tips from mum of 3 and peer supporter, Rachel:
* Also a definite must is to try to get out no matter how hard it is especially with multiples as having a baby, especially your first, can be quite isolating and I found (and still do find) that i felt so much worse if I was stuck in the house all day as I got cabin fever. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy in those early days just a walk around the block or to the shops.
”After moving to the area when my baby was only 5weeks old I have found the local breastfeeding cafe at Keystone to be a real help. It has provided me with an instant support group to help me continue with breastfeeding in a friendly environment with on hand support from other mums. I have also made some new friends, which has been a great relief as I knew no one in the area”. – Catherine, new mum Bentley Heath
Specialist breastfeeding advice will be available at the centres at different times so if you particularly need to see a health professional please contact Elaine 07807249055 for more details.
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212
UNICEF Baby Friendly: www.babyfriendly.org.uk
NHS Information Service for Parents: www.nhs.uk/InformationServiceForParents
Solihull Approach Parenting: http://www.solihullapproachparenting.com/