Lewisham Children & Family Centre

Top tips for breastfeeding

  • Keep your baby close, with as much skin-to-skin contact as possible
  • Babies like to breastfeed often, some very often!  This does not mean that your milk supply is not enough.  Babies like some feeds to be ‘meals’ and others to be ‘snacks’, just like adults.
  • It is not possible to overfeed a breastfed baby.
  • Be sure to get the right latch – checking that your baby is attached correctly to the breast is crucial for comfortable and successful breastfeeding. If you’re feeling pain throughout the feed, your baby’s latch may not be correct. Remember CHIN:
    Close and chin leading
    Head free
    In line
    Nose to nipple
  • Feel reassured that your baby will be getting enough milk if they are feeding at least eight times in 24 hours and they have at least six wet and two dirty nappies daily (from one week old; before this, babies may feed more and have produce more urine and stools)
  • Always seek help if you have any concerns, especially if you have pain when your baby feeds.

If you need any help, support or reassurance, call in to one of the friendly breastfeeding drop-ins, the full list of these is below:

 

Breastfeeding hubs in Lewisham

Mondays

1.30–3.30pm

Downderry Children’s Centre, Shroffold Road, Downham BR1 5PD

Tuesdays

10am–12 noon

Bellingham Children’s Centre, 109a Randlesdown Road, Catford SE6 3HB

Tuesdays (term time)

10am–12 noon

Deptford Breastfeeding Group, Shaftsbury Centre, Frankham Street, Deptford SE8 4RN

Wednesdays (term time)

9.30–11.30am

The Milky Way at Baring Road Surgery, Baring Road, Lee SE12 0DS

Wednesdays

12 noon–2pm

Eliot Bank Children’s Centre, Thorpewood Avenue, Sydenham SE26 3HB

Thursdays

10am–12 noon

Waldron Health Centre, Suite 1, Amersham Vale, New Cross SE14 6LD

Thursdays

10am–12 noon

Torridon Road Library, Torridon Road, Hither Green SE6 1RQ

Thursdays

12 noon–2pm

Good Hope Cafe, 261 Lewisham High Street, Ladywell SE13 6AY

Fridays

10am–12 noon

Jenner Health Centre, Stanstead Road, Forest Hill, SE23 1HU

Fridays

12 noon–2pm

Holy Trinity Centre
Corner of Orchard Hill and Bennett Grove, Lewisham SE13 7QZ

 

Other useful links:

https://www.lewishamandgreenwich.nhs.uk/breastfeeding/

 

https://www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk/:

Independent, confidential, mother-centred, non-judgmental breastfeeding support and informationopen 9.30am – 9.30pm every single day of the year – giving live online support. Support also available via the web chat service

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