The benefits of breastfeeding

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Length matters

The longer a mum breastfeeds her baby, the healthier she will be in later life, according to new research.

Doctors around the world agree that breast is best for baby. But new research now shows that the women who carry on breastfeeding for more than a year are 20% less likely to suffer from high cholesterol.The chances of developing diabetes also drop by 13% and high blood pressure by 12%. “Breastfeeding is an important part of the way women’s bodies recover from pregnancy,” said Dr Eleanor Bimla Schwarz.

And when this process is stopped early, women are more likely to have a number of health problems, including heart attacks and strokes. “The longer a mother breastfeeds her baby, the better for both of them.”

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Breastfeeding: What to do if it becomes a handful

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments




Whilst it’s the most natural thing in the world, it’s not always a complete breeze. As a bloke you need to be ready to step in if things start to get difficult.

It’s a myth that breastfeeding hurts. There may be a little discomfort during the first few days, but it’s not normal for this to continue.

Kylie, 20 from Little Hulton really went through the mill, but was determined to give baby Kyran the benefit of her own milk. Partner, Paul Wegener explains, “Pretty much anything that could go wrong, did go wrong for Kylie. But she fought through it and continued to feed. I’m so proud of her. I did what I could to support her and it meant a lot to her to know she wasn’t on her own.”

If your partner is experiencing pain when breastfeeding, take charge and seek help as soon as possible. Your Health Visitor or Midwife will be able to advise you on what to do, but if you aren’t due a visit use the YOUR local support page to get help straight away.


This happens when the baby doesn’t attach properly. Your partner could get a breast infection or reduced milk supply and it might put her off continuing to breastfeed. She shouldn’t have to suffer—seek help.

This is caused when bacteria gets into a blocked milk duct. It can infect the breast (often through a cracked nipple) and requires treat- ment with antibiotics. Continuing to feed can actually help clear it up —so encourage her not to give up.

Some babies get thrush in their mouth. This can be passed to mum when feeding and can be painful for them both. It usually requires treatment with drops, gel or cream.

It’s possible that your partner won’t be able to produce enough milk or it might not flow freely. But this is almost always down to fine-tuning technique. Getting her position right is vital to make sure the baby is attached and feeding properly. It’s also an idea to get to know how ‘latching on’ works and what it looks like when done properly so you can help in a more hands on way.

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Bonding with your baby

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Best mates


Give your partner and baby plenty of kisses and hugs whilst they feed.

Every bloke is good at messing around. And now you have the perfect excuse!

It’s not just about cleaning bums. Nappy changes involve talking to your baby, being gentle and taking care of their needs.

If possible, make bathing a dad-thing in the same way that feeding is a mum-thing.

Not you, the baby! Some babies need to get it off their chest.

Your partner might be able to express milk so you can feed your baby from a bottle without using formula.

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What can I do to help my partner with breastfeeding?

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

It takes two

If you think breastfeeding is a job just for mum—think again! There’s loads of other stuff that needs to go on behind the scenes to make it happen.

So many women give up breastfeeding because they don’t get the support they need in the early stages.

It’s up to you to make breastfeeding a double act and do whatever you can to give your baby the best possible start. Here’s a few pointers…

Make sure the house runs smoothly: DIY, cooking, cleaning, shopping etc. Not only will she be exhausted, but she might be worried that these things aren’t being taken care of.

Make sure your partner isn’t getting too many visitors. Let others know when your family needs to be alone. Turn off the phone or put a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the front door.

If you have other children, make sure they give mum and baby some space. Distract them with fun activities and exercise, but see that they still get enough attention (and sleep!).

Stop people from making negative comments about breastfeeding. Even if it comes from your own mum!

Find skilled help if any problems crop up. Know what to look for, what to do and who to contact. See your local support page for more information on what’s happening in your area.

Find details of local mums’ breastfeeding groups. Chances are, there’s loads of help available in your area. See your local support page or contact your local PCT for more info.

What your partner’s doing is amazing. Make sure she knows you think so.

Blokes meet their baby’s needs in different ways to mums. Your baby needs an involved dad not a substitute mum. Make time, stay close, get to know your baby and understand their needs.

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Bonding without boobs

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

 Bonding w/o boobs

Whilst there are two very good  reasons why dads don’t breastfeed, there’s no reason at all why they shouldn’t bond with their baby.

You might not have the boobs, but you do have the heart, the brain and a knack of finding ways around things. Are you really going to let the fact that you were born without boobs get in the way of being best mates with your brand new bundle of joy?

Paul Wegener, 22 from Little Hulton certainly didn’t. “I think I have a stronger bond with my baby than if he’d been bottle fed. It made me find other things to do with him rather than just relying on bonding by feeding. I go to Dad and Baby groups with him, but it’s as simple as playing, cuddling and spending time together.”

Bonding isn’t some magical thing that only happens between mums and babies. A bond is what connects people together—it grows out of the time you spend together and the way you care for each other. You bond with your family, you bond with your partner. You even bond with your mates!

Now, we’re not suggesting that you take your newborn down the Feathers for a couple of pints. But the fact is there’s loads of ways you can carve out a special place in their hearts without stuffing balloons up your jumper or saving up for implants. Some dads like to turn the tables and claim part of the baby’s routine for themselves. “I took charge of the bathing,” explained Peter Purcell, 35 from Swinton. “It was something that I looked forward to all day—a special time that me and my daughter shared every day. It brought us really close together .”

The main thing is not to feel like you’re missing out on something because your partner’s doing all the feeding. It’s down to you! These are very special times in a dad’s life: get busy, get pro-active and enjoy getting to know each other.

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Get the facts on breastfeeding from new dad, Tim, from Salford

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments



29 year-old Salford rapper, Tim Cooke, is partner to Star Charissa and proud dad to 17 month-old Malachi. From beats to teats, we get the lowdown on daddy-hood from a man who’s done it.

How did you feel when you found out your partner was pregnant?
Fantastic, really excited. Then as it started to sink in I was like ‘Oh no, what have we done? I haven’t a clue what I’m doing!’ But the apprehension didn’t last long and now I’ve another on the way.

Did you talk about breastfeeding when she was pregnant?
I went to all the ante-natal classes and stuff. We talked about it a lot and it was obvious that it was the best thing for the baby. Charissa said that she really wanted to try her hardest to feed him, no matter how hard it was going to be. I just wanted to do everything I could to support her without pressuring her. I think some women feel they have to breastfeed no matter what.

What did you know about breastfeeding before Charissa got pregnant?
I knew it was better for the baby, but to be honest, as a bloke, I did think it was a bit weird at first. The thought of something sexual being for the baby. But I soon got used to it.

What’s it like being a dad?
Absolutely loving it! Sometimes I’ll be absolutely knackered and just need to sleep. But then just one look and one smile and it’s all worth it. The tiredness and sick and nappies are nothing compared with the joy of
having another human being that’s part of you. It’s a privilege and a blessing.

When did you decide to breastfeed?
About 6 months into the pregnancy.

Did it bother you that you couldn’t feed the baby?
A bit at first. But when he was about a couple of months old Charissa started to express milk into a bottle so I could feed him as well. It was nice to feel involved, a brilliant feeling to feed him and know it’s got all the right nutrients and isn’t just powder from a tin.

What advice would you give to other blokes who want to support their partners to breastfeed?
Learn to understand what she’s going through. Sacrifice your own sleep to make her a drink when she’s feeding in the middle of the night. As a bloke the main thing is to give the right encouragement. It’s no use saying it’s alright to give up when she’s in the middle of a really hard time. You’ve got to learn what to say, what not to say and when to say it.

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Your partner needs you!

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Get hands on

Most women who stop breastfeeding early give up because they don’t get enough support.

Research shows that a whopping 9 out of 10 women who stop within 6 weeks don’t actually want to give up, but feel it is too difficult to carry on. Other studies show that only 3% of women can’t breastfeed because of
physical reasons.

These alarming statistics show how important it is for dads to support their partners during these vital early stages to reduce the chances of her giving up.

It is now scientifically proven that breastfed babies grow up fitter and stronger than those that are formula fed. And with dads getting more and more involved in bringing up babies, breastfeeding has become a real joint effort.

Tim Cooke, a 29 year-old MC from Swinton said, “I read all the leaflets and realised that it was definitely the best thing for my baby. My wife wanted to try her hardest to feed naturally, so I decided I was going to do everything I could to support her.” Although most dads work hard to pull their weight around the house when mum and baby get home, many still overlook the emotional support that she needs.

Click here to read more about how you can help.

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North Yorkshire and York Local Support Details

January 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Breastfeeding information and support

National Breastfeeding Helpline
Calls are answered locally by
trained mothers. 9.30am – 9.30pm
Tel: 0300 100 0212

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
NCT breastfeeding line: 0300 330 0771
NCT pregnancy & birth line: 0300 330 0772
NCT postnatal line: 0300 330 0773

Children’s Centres


Acomb Health Centre
Contact Lynn: 01904 724 889

The Family Corner
Tel: 01904 552 323

The House, Hob Moor
Tel: 01904 555 066

The Avenues
Tel: 01904 551 250

Local support groups

Ante-natal support group for young women.
Contact Denise on:
Tel: 07961 483 687 or on 01904 725 436/725 440

Babes in Arms
Post-natal support group for young women.
Contact Trina (Connexions personal advisor) on:
Tel: 07920 021 434

Both ‘YorBabe’ and ‘Babes in Arms’ can put you in touch with peer supporters who can help you with breastfeeding or let you know when local breastfeeding workshops are taking place.


Scarborough Children’s Centre
Tel: 01609 798 700

Eastfield and Derwent Valley c/o Link Walk Centre
Tel: 01609 534 053

Central Ryedale
Tel: 0845 034 9586

Local support groups

Baby Oasis
Friarage Children’s Centre c/o Talbot house
Contact Anita on: 01751 472 652
Or telephone: 01609 798 840

More information about local breastfeeding support groups are listed on the NHS North Yorkshire and York website.

Breastfeeding friendly venues

The following information is a list of venues suggested as breastfeeding friendly by local mums. If you’re a breastfeeding mum and would like to add a location to the list, please email us at:


Scarborough Library and Information Centre
Vernon Road
YO11 2NN
Tel: 0845 034 9516

Mr Jingles Mall Café
Brunswick Centre
14 Brunswick Shopping Centre
Town Centre
YO11 1UE
Tel: 01723 351 776‎

11/17 Huntriss Row
Tel: 01723 500 122

Dunslow Road
Tel: 01723 585 449

Debenhams café
Brunswick Shopping Centre
Vernon Road
YO11 1UE
Tel: 0844 561 6161

62-64 Ramshill Road
Tel: 01723 365 658

Sunny’s Coffee Shop
31 St. Thomas Street,
Scarborough YO11 1DY
Tel: 01723 370 027‎

Costa coffee
1 Westborough & 5 Bar Street
YO11 1UH
Tel: 01723 374 915

Marks and Spencer Café
8 Newborough
YO11 1NA
Tel: 01723 375 673

Barracuda Bar
ST. Nicholas Street
YO11 2HF

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Solihull local support details

January 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Breastfeeding Information and Support

National Breastfeeding Helpline
Calls are answered locally by
trained mothers. 9.30am – 9.30pm
Tel: 0300 100 0212

Solihull breastfeeding services
9.00am – 5.00pm
Tel: 0800 015 3265

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
NCT breastfeeding line: 0300 330 0771
NCT pregnancy & birth line: 0300 330 0772
NCT postnatal line: 0300 330 0773

Breastpump Loan Scheme
Elaine Bates
Breastfeeding coordinator
Tel: 07807 249 055

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
24 hrs
Tel: 08444 122 949

La Leche League
24 hrs
Tel: 0845 120 2918

Helpful Numbers

Information and advice on alcohol
Tel: 0121 711 3732

Information and advice on drugs (over 18s)
Tel: 0121 678 4730

Straight Up
Information and advice on drugs (under 18s)
Tel: 0845 120 2918

Domestic Violence Police Helpline
Tel: 0121 712 6113

Healthy Lifestyle Shop
Tel: 0121 712 7770

Chelmsley Wood
Tel: 0121 770 1861

Stop Smoking Services
Tel: 0800 015 8512

Breastfeeding Cafés

Langley Children’s Centre
St Bernard’s Road
B92 7DJ
Mondays, 1pm–2.30pm

The Bridge
234 Stratford Road
B90 3AG
1st and 3rd Tuesday each month, 10am–11.30am

Chelmsley Wood Children’s Centre
Chelmsley Circle
Chelmsley Wood
B37 5UH
Tuesdays, 10.30–12noon

Mill Lodge Children’s Centre
Aqueduct Road
B90 1BT
Tuesday, 1.30pm–3.30pm

Lyndon Children’s Centre
Ulverley School
Rodney Road
B92 8RZ
Wednesday, 1pm–2pm

Keystone Children’s Centre
Widney Close
Bentley Heath
B93 9AS
Thursday, 9am–10.30am

Monkspath Children’s Centre
Farmhouse Way
B90 4EH
Thursday, 10.30am–11.30am

Ante-natal services
Ante-natal breastfeeding sessions available.
Please call Elaine Bates on 07807 279 055 for more information.

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Laura Heeley, 22, Solihull

January 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Laura Heeley, 22, Shard End


Laura lives with daughter Elle. Before giving birth to her baby, Laura worked for a local health club. She plans to return to work once Elle is a little older. Laura loves exercise, especially swimming and going to the gym, music and dancing!

Please explain why you’ve chosen to breastfeed?
As soon as I found out that I was pregnant, I decided that I wanted to breastfeed. Support from my family and friends has really helped me along the way.

What did the people around you think of your decision to breastfeed – eg partner, parents, friends, family?
Everyone was really supportive of my decision. They were all really proud of me for giving it a go.

What advice would you give to mums whose partner/friends/parents disapprove of breastfeeding?
It’s the most natural thing in the world, and the real positives that come from breastfeeding override people’s opinions!

Do you think that there are any drawbacks to breastfeeding? If so, what are they?
There are no drawbacks. It’s milk on tap isn’t it?!

What general advice would you give to expectant mums considering breastfeeding?
Get as much advice as you can before you give birth, and once your baby arrives, seek some tips and techniques to help you on your way.

Did you speak to anyone for advice or do any research about feeding, if so, who did you speak to/where did you look for information?
Luckily, my partner’s auntie is a breastfeeding coordinator, so she gave me lots of good advice. There is lots of support out there, check out the local support page above for details of what is available to you in your area.

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