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Benefits of breastfeeding

It's never too early to start thinking about how you're going to feed your baby, you do not have to make up your mind until your baby is born.

Formula milk does not provide the same protection from illness and does not give you any health benefits.

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Health benefits of breastfeeding

The benefits of breastfeeding include:

  • Your breast milk is perfectly designed for your baby
  • Breast milk protects your baby from infections and diseases
  • Breastfeeding provides health benefits for you
  • Breast milk is available for your baby whenever your baby needs it
  • Breastfeeding can build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby
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Breastfeeding groups and clinics

Get help and advice on breastfeeding at a group or clinic.

Infant feeding workshops provide women and their partners the opportunity to learn more about breastfeeding. The sessions focus on the importance of building relationships, feeding cues and night feeds.

  • Sessions are held in the evening
  • Contact the Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife on 01733 677219

Community clinics are dedicated to offering mums specialist support and advice if they have gone home but may need a bit more help with breastfeeding until the baby is 4 weeks old.

This service is by appointment only and are held at the following times and locations:

  • Monday 9.30am to 2.30pm at Hampton Children & Family Centre, PE7 8BZ
  • Thursday 9.30am to 2.30pm at Eye Children & Family Centre, PE6 7TD

To make a booking call 01733 677219.

This clinic offers specialist breastfeeding support and advice by a trained expert. There is no age limit for mothers wishing to access this support.

The service is currently by appointment only at the following time and location:

  • Friday 12pm to 3pm at City Clinic, Wellington Street, PE1 5DY

For appointments call 01733 777937.

NCT Baby Café is a free drop-in, led by an NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor, which any parent or expectant parent can come along to for support with feeding your baby.

Find out more about breastfeeding support on the National Childbirth Trust website.