What we do
We offer help, advice and information on breastfeeding for all families living in Vassall, Coldharbour, Tulse Hill and Stockwell Wards.
We offer independent, evidence-based information and support to help build awareness of breastfeeding to individuals and organisations and to support a mum in her choice to breastfeed. This is a free, non-judgmental service that endeavours to help all mums.
We do this by:
- Listening actively
- Keeping a mum at the centre
- Respecting a mother and supporting her choices
- Sharing the evidence to inform early parenting choices
- Answering any questions, queries or concerns.
- Providing trained peer-to-peer support in person or on the phone.
Breastfeeding Support Groups
Breastfeeding Support groups are available throughout Lambeth, offering a free non-judgmental service to help all mums on their breastfeeding journey.
They offer help, information, peer-to-peer support and can answer any questions or concerns.
To find your local group and to check times and venues please take a look at the Lambeth and Southward Breastfeeding group Facebook page.
Our team will be available from 9:30-14:00 weekdays on 07394724599
How do I know my baby is feeding well?
These are the three reliable ways for you and your midwives to know your baby is getting enough breastmilk:
- Suckling effectively at the breast, starting feeds with rapid sucks and slowing into rhythmic suckling with pauses. You may even hear swallowing. You should not have sore nipples.
- Urine & stool output(after your milk ‘comes in’ around day three) will give you an idea of what is going in. Your baby should have six wet nappies and two poos (yellow/orange and the size of £2 coins) every 24 hours by day six. At around six weeks the poos may become less frequent.
- Weight gain is a reliable sign that your baby is getting enough breastmilk. It is normal for babies to lose some weight in the first days but then they should start to gain weight.
Is good positioning and attachment important?
- To help prevent sore nipples
- To help you and your baby feel comfortable during
- Helps baby be able to get the right amount of milk
- Helps baby to be happy and satisfied after feeds
- Helps your breasts to keep making enough milk
Always remember CHINS
Close & chin leading
Nose to nipple
Sustainable for both
Signs of Effective Attachment:
- Mouth is wide open and chin is tucked in closely into the breast
- Your baby’s cheeks are full and rounded
- More areola is visible above the baby’s mouth than below
- Sucking pattern changes from rapid sucks to big deep sucks with pauses and swallows
- Suckling is not painful - if it is, put your little finger in baby’s mouth to take them off.
Is my baby getting enough?
Reliable signs to look for:
Feed to feed:
- Look at the sucking pattern - rapid sucks to start, then rhythmic sucking and pauses-when your milk has come in you may hear swallowing.
- Feeds usually last between 5-45 minutes, offer both breasts.
- Offer a feed at least four times in the first 24 hours.
- After 24-48 hours baby should feed around eight times in 24 hours.
Day to day
- Baby is having wet and dirty nappies.
- In the first week the number of wet nappies should bethe same number as the days old baby is (i.e. four at four days old).
- One stool on birth day on average, then two stools every day after that. It will change from dark meconium to green and then to yellow when the milk is in.
Week to week
- Weight gain - however most babies loose weight in the first week and then steadily gain - back and beyond their birth weight.