World Breastfeeding Week 2015 was from Satruday 1 August to Friday 7 August. We’re here to support mums who are looking to breastfeed or express milk for their babies.
There are lots of benefits to breastfeeding and expressing milk. Breast milk provides babies with protective antibodies, provides nutrients and fats to help promote growth and is easier for babies to digest than formula milk.
All newborn babies are different when it comes to feeding, whether born at term or prematurely. It is still possible to breastfeed premature babies, even if there is usually a more gradual progress towards ‘ordinary’ breastfeeding.
If you or your baby are not ready to feed directly from the breast, or are unable to feed, you can pump the milk from your breasts using a technique called expressing. This provides milk that can feed your baby, whether through an intravenous line, feeding tube or by bottle.
It is a skill that can take time to learn, but the staff looking after your baby will be able to give you positive support and practical help with this.
Bliss also has a publication The best start: A guide to expressing and breastfeeding your premature baby, which is full of practical advice and useful tips for mums looking to breastfeed or express milk for their babies. For those mums who cannot breastfeed or express milk for their babies, we have advice for bottle feeding your baby formula milk.
You can also call the Bliss helpline on 0808 801 0322 for advice and support over the phone, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the feeding section of our website.