Alder Hey believes that breastfeeding is the healthiest way for a woman to feed her baby.
Breast milk is tailor made for babies and contains water, fat, protein, carbohydrate, minerals and vitamins. Breast milk contains other important factors that are absent from infant formula, these include hormones, enzymes, growth factors, essential fatty acids, immunological and non-specific protective factors.
The make-up of a mother’s milk changes from feed to feed, adapting to the needs of her baby as they grow and providing just the right amount for them. More information is available here.
- Breastfeeding protects your baby from infectious diseases. It also offers health benefits for mums. The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and everyday makes a difference to your baby.
- Breastfeeding helps build a strong physical and emotional bond between mother and baby.
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of cot death.
- Just like any new skill, breastfeeding takes time and practice to work well.
- In the first few days you and your baby will be getting to know each other. Skin to skin contact will keep your baby close, warm and calm.
- Positioning and attachment information
Breast Pumps are available on all wards for you to use during your stay. You can read this quick guide about the Medela Symphony Pump.
The Midwife visit’s the trust every Monday and Thursday.