Feeding your baby

When breastfeeding is challenging

Sometimes mums need extra help with early problems, if breastfeeding hurts, or if you are concerned that your baby is not getting enough milk. Asking for help soon can really help with most breastfeeding issues - often small adjustments to the latch can make a big difference, especially with sore nipples.  

Occasionally a baby cannot use their tongue fully – your health visitor, midwife or peer supporter can help you with information about tongue tie.

Some medications whilst breastfeeding may cause issues so speak to your healthcare professional for more advice. The following drugs in breastmilk factsheets have helpful information.   

Baby Feeding leaflet (PDF)

Breastfeeding assessment form (PDF)

Helping baby to get a deep latch can often help with sore nipples, and improve how much milk baby gets.

Cup feeding your baby 

If your baby is not effectively feeding at the breast during the early days, always speak to your midwife, health visitor or baby feeding team. A top-up of expressed breastmilk or infant formula may be advised as part of a feeding plan to protect breastfeeding. Early introduction of formula or a bottle can impact on a mother’s milk supply and how her baby is learning to breastfeed so you may be advised to offer a cup instead.  

A clean, open cup with a smooth surface can be used from birth for both expressed breastmilk and infant formula. 

The IBFAN and La Leche League International Cup Feeding poster explains how to cup feed your baby safely and effectively. Ask your midwife if you have any questions.  

Baby Feeding Support in Newham 

Skilled non-judgemental help on feeding is available. We will help with breastfeeding, bottle feeding, mixed feeding, starting solids and weaning. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Newham Baby Feeding Helpline on 07534249611.  

You can arrange video calls or just chat via text, whatever works for you. You can come along to our baby feeding cafes.  

In the early days, your community midwifery team will be available to support you. They will provide you with details of how to contact them.  

From around day 10-14, Newham Health Visiting team will take over care from your midwife. 

There is also lots of local support from our voluntary services as well as the national helplines. 

Local voluntary services: 

National services and out of hours: 

  • National Childbirth Trust (NCT) – 8am to 12pm – 0300 330 0700 
  • La Leche League GB (LLL) – 24 hours daily – 0845 120 2918 
  • Breastfeeding Network (BfN) – 9.30am – 9.30pm – 0300 100 0210 
  • Association of Breastfeeding Mothers – 9.30am – 10.30pm – 0300 330 5453 
  • National Breastfeeding Helpline – 9.30am – 9.30pm – 0300 100 0212