Meet with our breastfeeding supporters to talk through all your questions about feeding and caring for your newborn when he or she arrives.
It's an interactive session that's a bit different every time, depending on what you particularly want to know, rather than a formal antenatal teaching workshop, so expect to see faces not slides! There are lots of great online resources available free at this time to support you in preparing for life with your new baby and we'd really encourage you to take advantage of some of these first. You can also book a one to one video call or talk to us by phone if you’d rather not share your concerns in a group situation.
Islington residents all have free access to online courses based on the Solihull Approach to parenting, which promotes emotional health and well-being by supporting relationships. These are trusted courses from pre-birth to adolescence, developed with NHS practitioners and parents and there are separate courses for the different stages of pregnancy and parenting. Sign up here
There's also an online meet-up for mums and dads to be every Wednesday evening, run by Bright Start Islington - a great opportunity to meet other families and also find out what local services and activities are available to you once baby is here - there's more info here
The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers have made their Team Baby - Getting Ready to Breastfeed online antenatal course free during the current pandemic.
There are lots of fantastic videos at www.globalhealthmedia.org/breastfeeding - we'd particularly recommend Breastfeeding in the First Hours, How to Express Breastmilk and Attaching Your Baby at the Breast. breastfeeding.support/a-good-start-to-breastfeeding/ is a great reference and there are lots of other interesting articles on the same site. It’s good to keep this quick reference guide to baby feeding cues close to hand.
We know that building a strong relationship between parents and a new baby gives them the best possible start in life, and helps them to grow up happy and confident. This video is a good start to understanding how, and Unicef resources support parents from pregnancy and through the early years. You may have already seen the Off to the Best Start leaflet but if not, do check it out.
Babies’ sleep patterns are really different from ours and understanding why this happens can really help to make that easier to deal with - www.basisonline.org.uk/how-babies-sleep/ is a great place to start, and there’s important information on the safest ways for your baby to sleep elsewhere on the site.
It's even more important than ever to think about your mental health both now and when baby arrives - there's a useful tool to help you plan, and plenty of other info and ideas elsewhere on the same site too.
Up to date information on COVID-19 itself and how it relates to pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding can be found at www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/coronavirus/ alongside other useful information and resources. There’s also links to lots of other organisations continuing to offer remote support at www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/charities-uk-support.
Whittington Hospital's Infant Feeding Team have also produced a virtual version of their antenatal breastfeeding workshop which you can watch here.