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

Friday:           10 – 11am, You+ Shop, 1 Coppice Way, Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, B37 5TX

 

BREASTFEEDING CLINICS

Your Midwife, Health Visitor or GP can refer you for an appointment to see one of our Infant Feeding Specialists

Wednesday           9.00 – 11am         Balsall Common Health Centre, 1 Ashley Drive, Balsall Common, CV7 7RW

Friday                    10am – midday    You+, 1 Coppice Way, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5TX

TONGUE TIE

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/

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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

Remember

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:

* As hard as it is with multiples try to enjoy them.  I obsessed too much first time round about routine, which I needed to, to an extent, so that I could get out and get sleep and get a bit of normality, but you must must must chill out and try to enjoy them.  I am enjoying Eden so much and at times I feel quite sad because as much as I loved Alanis and Danté when they were babies I never enjoyed them like I am Eden and I wish so much that I could go back and enjoy them being babies.
* Once things have settled and you have started to be able to read your babies cues and see patterns developing.  Try to pre-empt a feed so that you don’t end up with two babies screaming for a feed at the same time.
* If people offer to help take it (I should take a leaf out of my own book.  I am too stubborn and have to prove that I can do things on my own).
* Be honest with them when they ask questions even when they are topics you don’t want to  answer.  You will probably find they need very little information.  For example when I was pregnant Alanis asked me how Eden had got in my belly.  I told her that mommies have special teeny tiny eggs inside them that babies grow from.  I was planning to go on and give her an explanation about what daddies do,  but she just said “oh ok then” or words to that effect and that was enough for her.  I was also honest with her about how the baby got out when she asked, but without being too graphic.
* If you want to breastfeed, but your older ones have not had any exposure to it take them along to a breastfeeding cafe a few times before baby comes so that they can see women breastfeeding and explain what is going on so that it doesn’t come as a shock.
* I haven’t needed to do this myself, I suppose it depends on the older child’s age when the baby is born, but I have heard people say that they have a box of a few new toys that only come out when baby needs feeding and then go away after so  that they older looks forward to the baby being fed.
* Involve older children.  Obviously what they can do depends on  their age, but my two like to get nappies for me, undo the poppers on Eden’s babygrow, get his car seat or blanket for me, etc.
* If you are in a relationship keep talking to your partner.  New babies put huge strains on relationships and lack of sleep makes you snipe and blame each other for things when actually what you need is to work as a team!
* Don’t feel obliged to have lots of visitors.   You should dictate who can visit and when and how long for.

* 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.

* I know its a cliché, but sleep when your baby sleeps.  I don’t need to do this with Eden, but I definitely did with Alanis and Danté and I didn’t struggle to (probably because my domestic goddess bones are few and far between so I can tolerate the house not being tidy), but I know a lot of people can’t relax enough in the day to do that.  Housework can wait.  When Alanis and Danté were little I had this poem on my fridge.
I hope that my child, looking back on today
Will remember a mother who had time to play;
Because children grow up while you’re not looking,
There are years ahead for cleaning and cooking.
So quiet now cobwebs, dust go to sleep.
I’m nursing my baby, and babies don’t keep.

 

 

 ”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/

 

 

(Updated 10/10/17