Maternity Nurses will respect and support every mother’s feeding plans. She will encourage you by showing you the correct feeding positions for your baby and how to get your baby to ‘latch on’. Some mothers take to breastfeeding very easily while others find the first few days challenging and uncomfortable. Your Maternity Nurse will support you, ensure you are eating, resting and drinking sufficient fluids to produce milk and recover from the birth.
Please note if you are planning to breastfeed you should discuss with your Maternity Nurse the possibility of giving your baby expressed milk during the night for one or two feeds. However, if you wish to feed your baby throughout the night, she can bring baby to you at the appointed hour to be fed and will settle him which will allow you to go straight back to sleep.
Those mothers who plan to breastfeed, but for one reason or another change to mixed or formula feeding, will also be supported by their maternity nurse who can also recommend their preferred formula. This is the mother’s personal choice and will always be respected.