Breastfeeding can be extremely rewarding, but during those early days some women may encounter problems. Our expert midwives have brought together advice and tips which you can use from pregnancy to those early days and weeks of being a new mum, helping you to feel like you again.

Learnings from lockdown​

Did you know, since the Covid-19 lockdown began in the UK, mums and midwives across the country have seen an increase in the number of babies coming back up to their birth weight by day 5! - Something that has not been seen in decades!​

​What the lockdown and self-isolation has shown us is that without a constant stream of visitors, mum and baby have had a better opportunity for uninterrupted bonding which seems, for some, to have hugely helped mums and babies to establish breastfeeding and feed for longer, helping them regain their weight far quicker!

We’ve brought together all of our expertise, lockdown learnings and personal stories to help you get the best start to your breastfeeding journey.

Breastfeeding Lockdown Lessons

Some women loved the time to bond with their newborn with no interruptions, whilst others struggled without outside support. Kate and Naomi, who gave birth during the lockdown, share their experiences

I have found lockdown to be a blessing. We have had, and continue to have, feeding issues with my nearly week old which has resulted in a 3 night stay in hospital with a feeding tube. The uninterrupted time at home has meant I have been able to maintain my supply and focus on my sons feeding. Had there been no lockdown I am sure I would have given breastfeeding up. - Kate

Lockdown was a mixed bag for us. The initial problems we encountered were more challenging because of lockdown. Limited access to resources and face to face help. But also been brilliant, I’ve had time to really concentrate on feeding and it just being me and my husband and baby with no visitors. I’ve been able to make sure my supply is good and done lots of skin to skin. - Naomi

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Our Expert Midwives share their breastfeeding tips with you, from third trimester preparation and harvesting of colostrum, through to when baby arrives …

Harvesting Colostrum

Breastfeeding Tips

Read our blogs to help you understand more throughout your breastfeeding journey​

No Harm Nipple Balm​

This midwife developed, award winning nipple balm provides instant relief and protection for breastfeeding mums. ​

This intensively moisturising and rich serum glides on easily and doesn’t drag sore nipples.​

It contains only 3 ingredients including medical grade lanolin for a protective barrier, coconut oil to moisturise and sweet almond oil for nourishment

No Harm Nipple Balm​

This midwife developed, award winning nipple balm provides instant relief and protection for breastfeeding mums. ​

This intensively moisturising and rich serum glides on easily and doesn’t drag sore nipples.​

It contains only 3 ingredients including medical grade lanolin for a protective barrier, coconut oil to moisturise and sweet almond oil for nourishment

If you are struggling with breastfeeding there are local and online resources available​

La Leche League provide meetings with other breastfeeders (currently on zoom), online, telephone or text support.​

Baby Cafe offer support remotely, put in your postcode to find what is available close to you.​

NCT have a support network for breastfeeding, as well as useful videos on different topics. ​

Breastfeeding network have helplines and an online chat facility.

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