Infant feeding and relationships

Infant Feeding in Islington

Welcome to the Bright Start Infant Feeding services.
 
We hope this webpage will offer an insight into services and resources to support families during there infant feeding journey. Please explore and if we can be of any further support our contact information can be found below.
 
Bright Start Islington is passionate about Infant Feeding. All practitioners within Bright start are Infant feeding trained in accordance with the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative. In 2019 the Bright Start Health Visiting services received re-accreditation and Bright Start Children’s Centres achieved accreditation. We are extremely proud to work with families during their infant feeding journey and have an array of services which are available to advise and empower families.
 
We aim to provide encouragement, support and up-to-date information for all Islington parents. We work to empower mothers to breastfeed their babies confidently and successfully. For those who choose to bottle feed their babies, we aim to provide information to enable safe bottle feeding and build responsive feeding. As the infant feeding journey continues, Islington have a range of services to support with introducing solids and some of the other infant feeding milestones.

Topics

Responsive Breastfeeding

Responsive breastfeeding is about responding to your baby’s cues as well as your own desire to feed your baby. Responsive breastfeeding recognises that feeds are not just for nutrition, but also provide comfort and reassurance.
 
For more information click here or on our UNICEF logo.
 
Information on local services can be found here

Responsive Bottle Feeding

Responsive bottle feeding is about supporting you to tune in to your baby’s feeding cues by holding them close during their feeds, offering the bottle in response to feeding cues and pacing the feeds. For more information click here, or on our UNICEF logo.

Starting your baby on solid foods

At around 6 months, babies develop the skills they need for managing solid foods. Click here for more information.
 
Start4Life have also produced a handy bite-sized guide which can be downloaded here.

Building a relationship with your baby

Your baby’s brain is growing very quickly and you can help this growth in a number of ways explained in the leaflet below.
 
For more information click on our UNICEF logo.

Baby Brain: The Hand Model

For a useful video clip for understanding the hand model of the brain, click here.

Safer Sleep

There are lots of ways to help your baby to settle and our sleep patterns and needs change throughout our lifetime. Click here for more detail from the Lullaby Trust.
 
More information on caring for your baby at night can be found in the leaflet below
 

The crying baby

All babies cry, and some more than others. Crying is your baby's way of telling you they need comfort and care. Click here for more detail from the Lullaby Trust.
 
More information on soothing your crying baby can be found here.
 
Or click on our UNICEF logo.

How to contact us

Islington Peer Support - 020 3316 8439 / whh-tr.IslingtonBreastfeedingPeerSupport@nhs.net
 
Islington Infant Feeding Team - 0203 316 8441
 
National Breastfeeding Helpline - 0300 100 0212 (09:30am – 09:30pm 7 days a week)
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