Feeding Your Baby

We will involve you in discussions and decisions about your baby’s feeding plan. Your baby will begin a feeding journey which may have several stages and include nutrition into a vein, tube milk feeds and sucking feeds. We will respect your decisions about feeding your baby. We will encourage and support you to breastfeed. Breastfeeding helps mother and baby to bond and has many health benefits for bother mother and baby. Timing of feeds will be flexible to give you every opportunity to feed your baby. We recommend that your baby be offered non-nutritive sucking (sucking on a dummy, your emptied breast or a gloved finger) during a tube feed or when alert or restless as this can support the development of sucking.