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Infant feeding

We support families both before (antenatally) and after (postnatally) birth with help, information and advice on feeding your baby.

We help you understand more about breastfeeding, address any concerns you may have and help you to make the right decisions. All parents have the right to make their own choices as to how they feed and care for their babies.

Find out more about the benefits of breastfeeding.

Learn more about bottle feeding and types of formula.

If you decide to bottle feed your baby, you’ll need to bring your own formula with you to hospital. You can buy starter packs available from most supermarkets and pharmacies

Complex feeding issues

We also provide specialist support with issues that may affect feeding such as:

Get help from the infant feeding team

Following support from your midwife or health visitor, they may refer you to our infant feeding clinic for complex infant feeding difficulties. You can also refer yourself.

Our specialist infant feeding clinics are for babies up to 28 days old and run on Mondays and Thursdays.

How to book an appointment

Call 07798 520830 or email

We’re based at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the Maternity department.

Infant feeding resources

Our team have chosen a series of videos and supporting information to help you further.

The resources cover topics such as the importance of relationship building with your baby, how hand expression can help with breastfeeding, and how to know if your baby’s getting enough milk.

Watch the video below about the importance of developing close and loving relationships with babies in their early days and weeks:

Watch the video below about a study into whether a baby’s gut bacteria can influence childhood health:

Parents guide to building a happy baby by UNICEF

Watch the video below about how to hand express and when it may be useful:

Watch the video below about how to attach your baby:

Watch the video below about how to position and attach during breastfeeding:

Read our patient information leaflet about the benefits of antenatal hand expression

Read our patient information leaflet about expressing your milk

Read UNICEF’s guide to responsive feeding 


How to care for your baby at night

Watch the video below about how to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS):