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Feeding your baby

Liverpool Women’s have midwives and support workers who in conjunction with our infant feeding advisors will support you with feeding your baby. Babies are born with the natural ability to suck for feeding once born. 

  • Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding is the natural and cheapest way to feed your baby. It gives all the nutrients your baby needs and helps protect him or her from infections and other diseases and can also reduce your chances of developing illnesses such as breast and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding also helps you and your baby to get closer - physically and emotionally. As you would expect it is perfect for your baby’s digestion too.

    The ideal time to start breastfeeding is immediately after the birth, ensuring your baby receives the colostrum - a special milk low in fat, and high in carbohydrates, protein, and antibodies produced when you breastfeed for the first time.
    You will be provided with lots of support whilst breastfeeding your baby.

    Your midwife or health visitor is a great source of help and support. At Liverpool Women’s we actively promote and support breastfeeding and you will be offered help and support by our midwives and support staff both in the hospital and when you get home. There are also many organisations such as The Peer Support Programme - Bambis, includes mothers who have breastfed themselves, they have been fully trained and are able to offer specialist advice. 

    Other organisations include, The National Childbirth Trust (0300 330 0700) and The Breastfeeding Network (0300 100 0210) that offer breastfeeding advice and practical support.

  • Bottle feeding

    Infant formula milk is the only alternative to breast milk and usually comes in powder form made from processed, skimmed milk in a way that that enables babies to digest it.  All the equipment used for feeding your baby must be thoroughly sterilised. If your baby is violently sick or appears to be in pain, or if you are worried for any other reason, then talk to your health visitor or GP.

    Other organisations include, The National Childbirth Trust (0300 330 0700).

    Formula Feeding Notice.

    As of the 21st August 2017 the hospital will no longer be able to store opened bottles of formula milk in a fridge. This is due to health and safety reasons as outlined by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Therefore all mums who choose to bottle feed their baby will need to bring infant formula 'First Milk Starter Packs' into Hospital with them. Please do not bring in larger bottles of milk as we will be unable to store them safely once opened.

    The First Milk Starter Packs can be bought at most supermarkets and include 6 single use ready-made formula bottles and teats. Please note , more expensive milks are not necessarily better than cheaper milk. Once again, please do not bring in larger bottles of milk as we will be unable to store them safely once opened.

    If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the Infant feeding Team via the Main Switch Board on 0151 708 9988.

    For information on formula milk please visit:

    Unicef - a parents’ guide to formula feeding

    First steps Nutrition: Infant feeding milks – a simple guide

Bambis breastfeeding support

Liverpool BAMBIS (Babies & Mums Breastfeeding Information and Support) are a team of peer supporters who offer breastfeeding support and information to pregnant women, breastfeeding mums & their families.

Peer supporters are mums who, typically, have breastfed their own babies and received formal training in breastfeeding peer support. They work both in the Liverpool Women's Hospital and in the community via all 26 of the Liverpool Children's Centres.

Contact Bambis
Liverpool Women's Hospital: 0151 702 4411
Community Bambis: 0151 233 6874

  • When your baby is born

    Once your baby is born you will receive a visit from a peer supporter*, she will give you:

    • lots of information on breastfeeding
    • answer any questions
    • check your baby's position and latch
    • show you how to recognise your baby is feeding well
    • give information on frequency of feeding
    • hand expression of your breastmilk
    • answer any questions you have about expressing breastmilk with a pump
    • discuss skin to skin contact with baby and the benefits of this.

    Below is some information and useful websites about breastfeeding.

    *Please note: peer support is delivered by Liverpool Bambis for Liverpool Mothers. If you live in another area you may not receive a visit from Bambis, although we do aim to see everyone . You will get excellent care, support and breastfeeding information from all Maternity staff. 

  • How to breastfeed

    When baby is latched think 'CHIN'

    Close – have your baby in close
    Head - make sure your baby's head is free to tilt back
    In – have baby IN a straight line
    Nipple – your baby's nose should be opposite the nipple

  • How often should your baby feed?

    Your baby's tummy is tiny and needs feeding often, breastfed babies need at least 8 feeds over 24 hours. Lots of skin to skin contact aids recovery and will encourages your baby to feed.

    Try not to let baby your baby go more than 3 hours without a feed. You may have to wake your baby if he/she is very sleepy in the early days.

    If your baby is not latching ask about hand expressing or expressing your milk.

  • Community Bambis

    Our Community Bambis team will contact you once you are home.

    *please note home visits are available from Bambis for mothers with a Liverpool postcode. For mothers from other areas – speak with your midwife about support available.