A great start

At birth, giving your baby a long cuddle: skin to skin contact for up to one hour, calms both mum and baby, it regulates baby’s heart rate and temperature, and stimulates mothering hormones which helps to form a close bond. Baby’s immediate needs are to feel safe and secure, and to be able to feed whenever hungry. Holding your baby close to feed, and responding to all of baby’s needs encourages healthy brain connections. Most of this development will occur within the first two years. Responsive parenting will enable your baby to reach its full potential, to be able to form good relationships and communicate well, giving them the best start in life.

Sterilising and bottle hygiene

Midwife says

How to tell your baby is having lots of milk:

Remember, your milk fulfils all of your baby’s needs for around 6 months, after which you can start to offer food, alongside breast milk. Cow’s milk should not be offered until your baby reaches its first birthday.

Breastfeeding position

There are lots of different positions for breastfeeding. You just need to check the following:

Are you holding your baby close to you?


Are your nipples sore? If yes, please ask for help as soon as possible.


Have you been shown how to hand express? This is a really useful skill, and its free!


Go to your local Breastfeeding support group. Other breastfeeding mums and Peer Supporters will be there to give you lots of tips.

Source: Department of Health, Birth to Five 2009 edition.

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