Read our latest advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our services are open and safe to attend – we are here to help

Feeding your baby


Coronavirus update and advice

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please read our update for women who are breastfeeding.

Feeding support and coronavirus

Firstly, congratulations on the birth of your baby.

We know that this is a worrying time for new parents and would like to assure you that although we have reduced the number of visits you will receive, that there is still plenty of help for feeding your baby.

The Lambeth breastfeeding network Facebook page has further information and support. Zoom drop-in sessions for women in Lamebth are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can email to arrange further support.

We have added a new information leaflet to your Maternity Notes App called 'Covid 19 Feeding Support Information'. This will give you lots of basic information and links for useful websites.

Please visit our preparing for your baby and helping mothers to breastfeed pages for more information.

The infant feeding team

Under normal circumstances, your midwife will be able to support you with your feeding. However, we do have an infant feeding team who focus on situations where feeding may be more challenging and your midwife will refer to the team if specialist support is needed. 

We are normally available Monday to Friday on the postnatal ward. We can develop care plans with you to ensure that you and your baby have the best start to breastfeeding and refer to your local community support for when you go home.

We can also discuss your baby’s feeding needs with you if you know in your pregnancy of potential difficulties such as cleft lip/palate or previous breast surgery. Our email address is

Tips for breastfeeding 

  • Keep your baby close with as much skin to skin contact as possible
  • CHINS:
    Close and chin leading
    Head free
    In line
    Nose to nipple
    Sustainable for both 
  • Respond to your baby’s feeding cues
  • Feel reassured that your baby will be getting enough milk if they are feeding at least eight times in 24 hours, have a changing suckling pattern during a feed and they have at least six wet and two dirty nappies (from one week old; before this your baby may feed more and have increasing urine and stool output)
  • Always seek help if you have any concerns, especially if you have pain when your baby feeds.

Read more about breastfeeding your baby and find your breastfeeding groups in Lambeth and Southwark.

Formula feeding

If you choose to formula feed, we will support your choice. We do not recommend that you bring in your own formula milk.

We provide one brand of formula milk as all formulas have to reach a minimum standard, and independent evidence shows that there is very little significant difference between the formula brands.

If you do choose to bring in formula, please ensure it is the ready-made milk as we do not have facilities for making up bottles from powdered milk.

Please also be aware that the storage time in hospital is less than at home due to the multiple use of the fridge, so a lot of your formula might be thrown away. Small bottles of formula will be less wasteful.

Tips for bottle feeding 

  • Be aware of your baby’s feeding cues
  • Keep your baby close with as much skin to skin contact as possible
  • During a feed, hold your baby upright and make eye contact with them 
  • Try and limit those that feed your baby to just one or two people who are the primary care givers 
  • Young babies tend to take small amounts of milk more often. Try not to force them to take large amounts at one feed. Responding to your baby’s feeding cues will allow them to take food as they need and not become overfed
  • See NHS leaflet Guide to bottle feeding (PDF 1Mb).

Phone, internet support and information

Infant feeding web pages: download information such as our pregnancy and life with your baby-bonding and feeding folder, and up-to-date information about milk spots and breastfeeding cafés.

Lambeth and Southwark breastfeeding groups Facebook page: for up-to-date information about milk spots and breastfeeding cafés, including holiday closures.

Lambeth Milk Spots Twitter: @lambethmilkspot

National Breastfeeding Helpline: tel 0300 100 0212 (9.30am-9.30pm)

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: tel 0300 330 5453

Breastfeeding Network: tel 0300 100 0210 (9.30am-9.30pm)

La Leche League: tel 0345 120 2918

National Childbirth Trust (NCT): tel 0300 330 0700 (8am-midnight) 

Breastfeeding Network drugs in breastmilk information: email or see their facebook page.

Baby buddy App takes you through life with your baby, using interactive information and films.

Breast Start app lists local groups and breast feeding friendly venues,as well as information on breastfeeding and infant sleep.

Breast Pump Hire/Buy
Ardo 01823 336 362, £42-46 for first 30 days, then £42-46 per 30 days
NCT – central tel: 0300 330 0770, or try your local branch magazine or Express Yourself Mums website.

Human Milk Bank, Neonatal Unit – donors urgently required
St Thomas’ Hospital: email or ring the neonatal unit on 020 7188 8846.


Got a breastfeeding question?

During your hospital stay there are daily breastfeeding drop-in sessions, 10am in the postnatal ward.

Email us for advice:

Useful links