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 on breastfeeding for
pregnant women and mothers after discharge from hospital
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 links below:
What an effective breastfeed looks like
Responsive bottle feeding
Caring for your baby at night
Unicef breastfeeding video
What formula to choose
Building a happy baby, A guide for parents
Our Infant Feeding Co-ordinators are Kathy Henshall and Natalie
Jones, and they can be contacted on the above number.
** Click here to
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 enough
pre-packed bottles of a readymade newborn formula into hospital
with you to last for your stay.
In order to reduce the risk of infection to your baby we
recommend that you purchase at least
one 'starter pack' of
first infant milk containing 6 bottles and 6
teats. These are disposable, sterile, single use bottles and
provide the safest option when formula feeding you baby whilst in
Saint Mary's Hospital does not hold a supply of formula milk so
it is important that you purchase this starter pack in advance of
coming to hospital to have your baby. You can buy them from
most local supermarkets.