Breast Feeding Babies.
NCT fully supports and respects all parents on their choice of feeding their baby - whether they breastfeed, bottle feed or both.
A consultation version of NCT's revised Baby Feeding policy is available for comment. The policy sets out NCT’s beliefs and principles, including the belief that parents should have every opportunity for positive feeding experiences.
My NCT Experience
After choosing to breastfeed, I struggled initially. I hadn’t a clue what I was doing and had not been prepared for the utter helplessness I felt at being so under equipped to be a mum! I was really overwhelmed but as I was a member of NCT, I had made a close knit group of mummy friends, whom I had been with on a short NCT course to help on giving birth. We were able to offer support (and still do) in those first early months to share what we were going through. Having attended a breastfeeding workshop a few weeks before my son was born, I was already sure I wanted to try and breastfeed. I had only heard of one success story of breastfeeding and I lynched onto that, otherwise I had been fed with utter horror stories from family and friends. When the time came to breastfeed, I couldn’t get the hang of it and it took a good week to get my son feeding and I would say several weeks to get established feeding. I was very fortunate as I had joined NCT, I had been informed about their breastfeeding network of information and advice. Also I had a hotline to breastfeeding counsellors that I called all times of the day, who answered every question, (even though I would feel they were silly questions), I always came away empowered and more confident to continue breastfeeding another day. (Breastfeeding help line open 8am-10pm 0300 330 0771)
I was able to get the support I needed and managed a successful period of 3 years breastfeeding my son. I am positive this would not have happened for us had NCT not been available.
As a result I am ever thankful to the organisation, and a portion of the profits from sales of my clothing goes to their organisation.
I have included a small selection (from a huge list) of links from NCT that I think are helpful.
(These have all been approved and are copyright of NCT.)
About breastmilk and breastfeeding
Seeing your breasts change during pregnancy is probably making you curious about what is happening now and what happens later to allow breastfeeding. This article explains how you’ll produce breastmilk, what colostrum is and how your breastmilk adapts and changes.
Breastfeeding concerns, problems and solutions
New mums can feel unsure about breastfeeding and what it’s going to be like. Here we address common breastfeeding concerns and problems with information and helpful tips.
Breastfeeding and good attachment: How-to-guide
This article explains why good attachment is important when breastfeeding your baby. Read about tips to ‘latch your baby on’ when breastfeeding.
Sore nipples when breastfeeding
Sore nipples when breastfeeding can be a problem in the early days and beyond. This article outlines causes of sore nipples and suggests methods to ease the pain.
NCT has a range of information on aspects of early feeding to support and inform parents
Our breastfeeding services include peer support, our quality assured and licenced Baby Cafés and one-to-one support.
New baby feeding support
Breastfeeding isn’t always straightforward but there is lots of information and help to support you wherever you are in your feeding journey.
Dads and breastfeeding support – common concerns
New dads can feel nervous about their partner breastfeeding. We discuss common concerns and ways you can provide help and breastfeeding support as a dad.
How can dads and partners support breastfeeding?
This article looks at how dads and partners can help support a new mum who is breastfeeding in the early days.
Breastfeeding and returning to work
Planning your return to work can be an emotional time and if you’re breastfeeding your baby, you may also be wondering about your workplace rights and the logistics of it all. Here we discuss breastfeeding and returning to work.
Breastfeeding: my baby is biting me
Sometimes children can use their teeth during breastfeeding. Biting can start as soon as your baby gets teeth so it’s good to know how to stop your child.
How can family and friends support breastfeeding?
New mums need a lot of support in the early days and weeks of breastfeeding. What can friends and family do to support a mum who is breastfeeding?