First Few Months

Feeding your baby

Whichever method you use to feed your baby our health visiting service can provide support and advice to help you.   Introducing your baby to solid foods or weaning should start when your baby is around 6 months old. 



Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby, providing all of the nutrients your baby needs whilst helping to protect them from diseases and infections.  Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life as there any many benefits of breastfeeding.  Don’t forget if you have any questions about feeding your baby contact your health visiting team who will be happy to help, or click here for answers to lots of the most commonly asked questions on breastfeeding.

Latching on and positioning

Many new mum's struggle to get their baby to latch on and begin to panic and then stop breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding can take practice; it’s worth trying out different feeding positions to find out which ones work best for you and your baby.  Have a look at Start4Life’s Guide to breastfeeding positions.

The below video can be used as reference for how to know if your baby is latched on.  



Help and support for breastfeeding

Contact your health visiting service if you need help and support with breastfeeding or come along to our Breastfeeding Groups at Rossmere Children’s Centre where support is on hand to help you.  Similarly please click on the links below for advice and support with breastfeeding.


Good places to look for advice on breastfeeding:


Breastfeeding Network

La Leche


Here are some more useful guidance to support you whilst breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding and Diet

Breastfeeding and Alcohol

Breastfeeding in public

Expressing and storing breast milk

Breastfeeding a premature baby

Breastfeeding a premature baby -Bliss

How to stop breastfeeding

Common breastfeeding problems

Breastfeeding and thrush

Breastfeeding and tongue tie

Babies and vitamins