Top Tips

Skin to skin
Skin to skin contact is the best way to say hello to your new baby.


  • Best for bonding
  • Keeps your baby calm and warm
  • Regulates your baby's heartbeat and breathing
  • Gets breastfeeding off to good start


Expressing breastmilk 


Once you and your baby are comfortable with breastfeeding, you may want to express milk so that someone else can feed your baby when you’re not there. This can be useful if you want to continue breastfeeding when you go back to work, or even if you just want to have a night out. You can express by hand or use a breast pump.



For more information on expresing breast milk check BreastFedBabies website.


Hand Expressing


This UNICEF video guides you through how to hand express, and talks about the times when hand expression might be useful for you.

To find more information about expressing and storing breastmilk please check  The Breastfeeding Network website. 

Responsive Feeding


Feeding your baby as often as he shows signs of wanting to breastfeed will help make sure that you produce the amount of milk your baby needs. Responsive feeding means that you respond to your baby’s early feeding cues, these are things like starting to waken, licking his lips, making sucking noises and sucking his fingers.


It also means that you offer the breast for comfort as well as food. Breastfed babies cannot be overfed, so you can use breastfeeding to soothe and calm baby and as an opportunity to relax and have a nice sit down whenever you both want.



For more information on responsive feeding check BreastFedBabies website or UNICEF Baby Friendly website.


Solving Problems


Although breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby, you both still need to learn how to do it and you may both need some practice to get it right. If you have good information and support, and are confident about feeding, you should be able to overcome any problems that arise.



For more information on problems check BreastFedBabies website or UNICEF Baby Friendly website.


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