The first 1000 days, from conception until two years old, provide a window of opportunity to determine a baby’s lifelong future health.
Breastfeeding contributes to the health of mother and child in both the short and long term and provides all the nutrients a baby needs. Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed babies and exclusive breastfeeding (feeding only breast milk) is recommended for the first six months, continuing for as long as the mother and baby wish whilst gradually introducing a more varied diet.
Children's centres are a great place to go for support around breastfeeding, offering a variety of infant feeding/breastfeeding support groups.
Find out what's available at your local children's centre.
Suffolk Infolink is also a useful source of information about local groups and information. Search 'breastfeeding' to find out more.
Our vision is for Suffolk to become a breastfeeding friendly county where mothers can feed their babies in public without feeling uncomfortable or unwelcome.
We are inviting businesses across Suffolk to take part in this initiative to support mums in Ipswich.
Read further information about the Breastfeeding Friendly Venues scheme (PDF, 39KB).
You can complete our Breastfeeding Friendly Venues registration form (PDF, 490KB) to sign up now. Simply complete the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org Registered and checked Breastfeeding Friendly Venues
The below websites offer online support for mothers who are or would like to breastfeed:
Support for Dads
How you and your partner choose to feed your baby is a really important decision.
The Dad's Guide to Breastfeeding contains the facts about breastfeeding and how you can support your partner.
The benefits of breastfeeding:
- Protects baby from infections and diseases
- Provides health benefits for baby and mum
- Available whenever and wherever baby needs a feed
- Builds a strong physical and emotional bond between baby and mum
The GP Infant Feeding Network (UK)
The GP Infant Feeding Network (UK), also known as GPIFN, has developed this website as a clinical resource for General Practitioners (GPs) working in the UK. The website was developed as an independent, voluntary project by UK GPs with assistance and input from colleagues working in infant feeding, maternity and early years.
The website can be used as a basic reference for learning more about infant feeding issues that may present to the GP. It also signposts to further information from trusted independent sources.