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Bumps to Babies: Infant feeding

Mum breastfeeding her baby

Making the decision on how you will feed your new baby is a big one, so this Bumps to Babies video gives you all the information you’ll need to help you decide.

It includes information about breastfeeding, expressing and formula feeding, while also providing advice around the practicalities of feeding and how to make it work for you and your family.

You can access subtitles by clicking the ‘CC’ button on the video player.

Download a transcript of the video here.

ICON- Infant crying support

ICON is about helping parents and carers with babies to cope with crying. ICON stands for…

I– Infant crying is normal

C– Comforting methods can help

O– It’s OK to walk away

N– Never, ever shake a baby

You can find out more and gain further support and advice on the ICON website.


Scroll through the chapters below for more information and support, or alternatively click on one of the links to be taken to a specific section.

  1. Benefits of breastfeeding
  2. First feeds
  3. Becoming familiar with your baby’s feeding cues
  4. Establishing your milk supply and positioning and attachment
  5. Common breastfeeding questions
  6. Blocked ducts and mastitis
  7. More common breastfeeding questions (including breastfeeding whilst out and about, the role of partners and how to hand express)
  8. Alternative feeding options


Benefits of breastfeeding

View a transcript of the ‘Benefits of breastfeeding’ chapter here.

First feeds

View a transcript of the ‘First feeds’ chapter here.

Becoming familiar with your baby’s feeding cues

View a transcript of the ‘Feeding cues’ chapter here.

Establishing your milk supply and positioning and attachment

View the transcript for the ‘Establishing your milk supply’ chapter here.

Common breastfeeding questions

View the transcript for the ‘Common breastfeeding questions’ chapter here.

Blocked ducts and mastitis

View the transcript for the ‘Blocked ducts and mastitis’ chapter here.

More common breastfeeding questions

View the transcript for ‘More common breastfeeding questions’ here.

Alternative feeding options

View the transcript for ‘Alternative feeding options’ here.

Useful links

If you live in Leicester City, click here to find out more about in person Bumps to Babies sessions run by Heads Up Leicester and the booking form to reserve your place.

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

Page last reviewed: 27-03-2021

Next review due: 27-03-2024