Feeding your baby
Saint Mary's Hospital has been successfully accredited as
Baby Friendly by Unicef, and are committed to helping and
supporting you in establishing your chosen method of feeding your
baby. If you choose to not breastfeed you will need to bring in
pre-packed cartons of a readymade newborn formula with you. The
wards will provide single use sterile bottle and teats, but formula
milk can only be provided if medically indicated.
Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance with feeding your
Breastfeeding give your baby the best possible start in life and
benefits you too.
- Breastmilk is the best form of nutrition for babies as it has
all the nutrients a baby needs.
- Breastfeeding helps to protect your baby from infection,
because antibodies are passed into the breastmilk.
- Breastfeeding reduces the mother's risk of breast cancer and
If you are using drugs or alcohol, or are prescribed Methadone
or other medications, it does not mean that breastfeeding is
inadvisable - specialist advice is always available to help you
give your baby the best start in life.
Saint Mary's Hospital has full Baby Friendly Initiative
Accreditation for breastfeeding from UNICEF and maintained this
prestigious award following reassessment in 2013. This means that
our women and their families are receiving a high level of care
relating to feeding their babies.
There is also a breastfeeding helpline available Monday-Friday,
8.00 am-4.00 pm that offers advice for mothers after discharge
from hospital on (0161) 276
However, your midwife is also there to offer you help and
support with your choice of feeding method for your baby.
Please have a look at some of these useful websites below:
What an effective breastfeed looks
Information on bottle feeding
Caring for your baby at night
Unicef breastfeeding video
Unicef information in several
Our Infant Feeding Co-ordinators are Kathy Henshall and Natalie
Jones, and they can be contacted on the above number.
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find out more about support with breastfeeding in the North
Planning to formula feed your baby
If you choose to not breastfeed you will need to bring into
hospital with you enough pre-packed cartons of a readymade newborn
formula to last for your stay. Unfortunately, we cannot provide
facilities to make up formula feeds from powder on the wards. The
wards will provide single use sterile bottle and teats. We are only
able to provide formula milk to babies who need it for medical