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Breast is best – benefits of breastfeeding

As a mother one of the best things that only you can do for your baby is to breastfeed. This will give your baby the best start in life. We want to support women in their decision to breastfeed and help them continue to do so. The Solihull breastfeeding service is available for mums to offer support and advice to complement the service offered by midwives and health visitors.

Following the latest World Health Organisation guidance, the Department of Health has issued a new recommendation to support women breastfeeding, as part of National Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

The new recommendation states that: "Breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for infants." Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life as it provides the best start for babies. Breastfeeding gives your baby all the nutrients needed and gives protection from infection and other diseases. It also reduces your chances of getting some illnesses later in life. Breastfeeding helps you and your baby get closer physically and emotionally. While your child is feeding the bond between you can grow stronger.

We aim to provide a high standard of care so that pregnant women and new mothers get the support they need to breastfeed successfully. Solihull Hospital, health clinics and GP surgeries are improving their services and the Care Trust received the UNICEF Baby Friendly Certificate of Commitment in May 2009. To find out more visit www.babyfriendly.org.uk

Don't be afraid to ask for support or advice to make breastfeeding work for you and your baby. Speak to your midwife or health visitor or contact the breastfeeding supporters. Remember, breastfeeding is a very special, unique and enjoyable experience. With practice and support during the first few days you will succeed.

Solihull Breastfeeding Service

Carmen Baskerville
Solihull Primary Care Trust
0121 713 8924

The Solihull breastfeeding service offers:

Breastfeeding support, one-one at home or in hospital - antenatal and post natal
Breastfeeding telephone support
Breastfeeding peer support and training
Breastfeeding cafes
A free breast pump loan scheme
Solihull breastfeeding directory

Solihull breastfeeding directory

As you have chosen to breastfeed you will receive the Solihull breastfeeding directory (PDF, 1.83MB) which we have designed to provide you with information about where you can get breastfeeding support in Solihull.

You will find a list of people who you can contact if you require further support and a list of places that are breastfeeding friendly so when you are out and about in Solihull you can feel comfortable when breastfeeding your baby. Look out for shops, cafés and restaurants displaying a breastfeeding friendly sticker.

How to access the service

Breastfeeding statistics and league tables