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
Monday: 1-2.30pm Fordbridge Community Hub, Fordbridge School, Crabtree Drive, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5BU
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 726 6753
Monday 12.30-14.30pm Fordbridge Community Hub, Fordbridge School, Crabtree Drive, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5BU
Wednesday 9.30 – 11.30am 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 726 6753.
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
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.
”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 the team on 0121 726 6753 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/