Breastfeeding your baby
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Exclusive breastfeeding (giving your baby breast milk only) is recommended for around the first six months (26 weeks) of your baby's life. After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside other food will help them continue to grow and develop. Breastfeeding also has lots of health benefits for mums.
Find out more information, help and support about breastfeeding from NHS Choices
Baby Friendly Initiative
All our maternity facilities - at Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham, have been accredited as Baby Friendly. The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, is a global programme. In the UK, the initiative works with health professionals to ensure that mothers and babies receive high-quality support to facilitate successful breastfeeding.This recognises our commitment to support mothers to breastfeed their babies.
"We are delighted that Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has achieved full Baby Friendly status," said Baby Friendly Initiative Programme Director, Sue Ashmore. “Surveys show us that most mothers want to breastfeed but don’t always get the support they need. Mothers in Gloucestershire can be confident that their midwives will provide the highest standard of care.”