Early feeding

NCT has a range of information on aspects of early feeding to support and inform parents

In a Spotlight on Research article guest editor Mary Newburn looks at an important report that measures the public health impact of breastfeeding.

NCT has produced evidence-based information on

Social and psychological pressures facing new mothers around infant feeding
Milk supply and breastfeeding decisions
Reflux
Choosing formula milk 
The impact of dummies on breastfeeding 
Feeding a baby with a cleft palate
Polycystic ovary syndrome and breastfeeding
NCT antenatal breastfeeding support
The breastfeeding session: for all parents however they feed their babies
Tongue-tie and NHS tongue-tie services

See the related documents below for policy briefings on topics such as breastfeeding in public places and breastfeeding and returning to work, reviews of evidence and evaluations of the Breastfeeding Line and Breastfeeding Peer Support project. Articles are also available on tongue-tie and colic.

More information on tongue tie can be found on babble, the NCT members' intranet as well as information about breast milk donation.

BABIES 2010 report summarises the results of a small scale, qualitative and quantitative evaluative study of a locally run National Childbirth Trust (nct) breastfeeding support service (BABIES - Breastfeeding And Babies: Information, Encouragement, Support). There are two appendices, one the BABIES 2010 questionnaire and the other mothers' comments. The service is summarised in an article called Supporting breastfeeding mothers.

A comprehensive report on the composition and monitoring of infant formula milk in the UK is now available to download from the Caroline Walker Trust website. Rosie Dodds has written a review of the report, available in the related documents below.

Nice guidance and government publications relevant to UK healthcare and also Scotland and Wales are available below.

In the December 2016 issue of NCT’s Perspective journal, Rosie Dodds, former senior policy advisor at NCT, discusses why parents should be guided by the best possible information and evidence. Other articles include the importance to young mothers of having infant feeding information provided antenatally which is focused on confidence building and delivered sensitively by trusted professionals. Plus tips on how practitioners can support parents with breastfeeding their multiple birth children.

In the December 2015 issue, editor Julie Clayton talks to Heather Neil about the cultural pressures on new mothers and the role of breastfeeding counsellors to support them in whichever way they feed their babies, the value of 'laid-back breastfeeding' is discussed and a breastfeeding counsellor examines the hidden agenda in the breastfeeding session.

Government publications

UK

The Department of Health and UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative have produced guidance for health professionals on the standards of care they should be providing to breastfeeding mothers, based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the Seven Point Plan for Sustaining Breastfeeding in the Community. The guidance, Breastfeeding care pathway, is available from UK Baby Friendly website. For more information on the Baby Friendly Initiative, see Perspective editor Julie Clayton and NCT breastfeeding counsellor Julie Mayo's article from the December 2015 issue of Perspective.

Scotland

In Improving maternal and infant nutrition: a framework for action the Scottish Government wants all parents to receive full information they can understand on infant feeding to enable them to make an informed choice on how they will feed their infant. Also for all women to receive the support they need to initiate and continue breastfeeding for as long as they wish.

Wales

The Our Healthy Future theme of prevention and early intervention will be delivered by a range of programmes which include the National Breastfeeding Programme. Investing in a Better Start: Promoting Breastfeeding in Wales makes recommendations for ways to support and encourage mothers and mothers-to-be in Wales to breastfeed their babies. The Continuation of National Breastfeeding Programme 2011-14 provides opportunities to establish both national and local mechanisms to promote breastfeeding. It aims to raise public awareness of the importance of breastfeeding.

NICE guidance

Maternal and child nutrition, issued In March 2008, aims to address disparities in the nutrition of low-income and other disadvantaged groups compared with the general population.

Scottish perspective on NICE public health guidance 11: Improving the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children in low-income households. In July 2009 NHS Health Scotland produced a Scottish perspective on the Maternal and Child Nutrition NICE guidance. The ‘Scottish Perspective’ enables recommendations to be used in the development and implementation of policy and practice in Scotland with amendments where appropriate.

Division of ankyloglossia (tongue tie) for breastfeeding published in 2005, NICE issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on division of ankyloglossia (tongue tie) for breastfeeding.

Donor breast milk banks: the operation of donor milk bank services guideline
NICE published clinical guidelines on donor breast milk banks in February 2010 and the guidance covers how milk banks should recruit, screen and support women who donate breast milk and how milk banks should handle and process the breast milk they receive from donors.