The World Health Organisation and UNICEF recommend that children initiate breastfeeding within the first hour of birth and be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life. Infants should be breastfed on demand – that is as often as the child wants, day and night. From the age of 6 months, children should begin eating safe and adequate complementary foods while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years and beyond.
The NHS website has lots of useful information about breastfeeding, and you can download the Breastfeeding Friend app for support 24/7.
The Stockport Infant Feeding Team are available to support you with breastfeeding. They can be contacted on the Stockport Breastfeeding Helpline: 0161 419 4430 or 07767 870506 (leave a message and they will get back to you). You can also follow them on Facebook.
There are some really useful videos on Infant Feeding in the videos section of our website and you can download the Infant Feeding Team Guide to Breastfeeding here.
If you’re planning to bottle feed with expressed breast milk or infant formula, make sure you sterilise bottles and teats until your baby is at least 12 months old. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling sterilised bottle and teats.
If you’re using infant formula, follow the instructions on the packaging carefully when you make up the feed.
Bottle feeding is a chance to feel close to your baby and get to know and bond with them. Babies will feel more secure if most feeds are given by you, your partner or their main caregiver.
The NHS website has lots of useful information about bottle feeding safely.
The Stockport Infant Feeding Team can also give you advice on bottle feeding. They can be contacted on: 0161 419 4430 or 07767 870506 (leave a message and they will get back to you) You can also download their Guide to Bottle Feeding here.