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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 baby.

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 ovarian cancer.

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 on (0161) 276 8910.

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:

Feeding your baby photo

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 West. **


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 hospital.

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.

Please note that we are unable to store opened formula milk on the wards so please do not bring in large bottle of milk for your baby.