The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Baby Feeding and Relationships

Building a Happy Baby

We now know that building a loving relationship with your new baby will give them the best possible start in life, and will help them to grow up happy and confident. The following film offers advice and information on getting to know your baby and setting up the foundations for that strong relationship:

More useful leaflets for you to access

Off to the Best Start: Useful information on why breastfeeding matters and how to hold and attach baby effectively for feeding.

Caring for your baby at night: This leaflet, endorsed by the CPHVA, RCM and The Lullaby Trust, is designed to offer helpful, practical advice on coping at night. Also see Infant Sleep Service

You and your Baby: supporting love and care on the neonatal unit, covers a wide range of issues and provides a useful tool to help conversations with parents on the neonatal unit.

A guide to bottle feeding: How to prepare formula safely and feed your baby formula milk.


Information for mothers

Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby and doesn’t cost anything. At Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust we will support you in your chosen feeding method and provide you with the information you need to feed your baby confidently and safely.  Although possible, it is difficult to resume breastfeeding once you have stopped.  Introducing formula feeds whilst breastfeeding reduces a mother’s breast milk supply.

If you use formula milk it is very important for your baby’s health that you follow all the instructions to make the feed and sterilise any equipment correctly.  Before you and your baby go home we will show you how to do this, and provide you with written information.

From 1 January 2017 if you intend to formula feed you will need to bring ready to feed first milk formula into hospital with you. Starter packs with disposable bottles and teats are available to buy in many supermarkets and chemists.  You should expect to use about 8 teats and bottles a day.  We do not have the facilities for the safe preparation of powdered formula on the maternity wards. 

After 1 January 2017 Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will no longer provide formula milk for babies on maternity wards unless there is a medical indication.

 A guide to infant formula choices

Feeding Support Groups in Leeds

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

10 – 12pm Rothwell Children’s Centre, Cornwall Crescent, Rothwell, LS26 0RA Contact: 0113 2820520 (health visiting team) or Children’s Centre 2822319

10:00–12pm  Family Centre, 256-262 Sissons Rd LS10 4JG. Contact: Family Centre 0113 2762386 or Cath 07843 339574

Lofthouse, 9:30 -11:30am, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust Breastfeeding drop in @Lofthouse Children’s Centre, WF3 3PS, Contact: 0113 3368746

09:45-11:45am Morley Health Centre, Corporation Street, Morley, Leeds, LS27 9NB. Contact:  Sharon Speke, Zoe Atak 0113 2077000

9:45–11:15am Mothercare Crown Point: In the café area. Crown Point Shopping Park, 8 Junction Street, Leeds LS10 1EW. Contact: Cath 07843339574 or Bosom Buddy on 07856894326

10:30-11:30am Halton clinic, 2A  Primrose Lane, LS15 7HR Contact: Claire Hogg 0113 2250025, 07891275660 or HV team 0113 8435683

2:00-4pm  Horsforth Children’s Centre, North Broadgate Lane LS18 5AF. Contact: Miriam or Eunice 0113 38435400

Peer Support Group 10am-11:30am Garforth Children's centre c/o Garforth Academy, Lidgett Lane, Garforth, LS25 1LJ. Contact: 0113 3367456.

10:00-12:00pm Chapeltown Children’s Centre, Leopold Street LS7 4AW. Contact: Health Visiting Team 0113 8435683

Specialist Breastfeeding Clinic:

Breastfeeding Clinic at Meanwood Health Centre 9:30-12:30 on a referral basis

Peer Support Group 9:30-11:30am Well Being Centre, Robin Lane, Pudsey, Contact Francesca: 07599 529995

From 6 June 2017 10-11:30 New Bewerley Children’s Centre, New Bewerley Community School, Bismarck Drive, Leeds LS11 6TB, Contact: HV team 0113 8430888

Peer Support Group 11:30-1:00pm Crossgates Children’s centre, Cross Gates Primary School, Poole Crescent, LS15 7NB. Contact: 0113 264 3455

1:00-2:30pm Moortown Children’s Centre, Lidgett Lane LS17 6QP Contact: 0113 8435683



1-2:30pm Wetherby Children’s Centre, Hallfield Lane, Wetherby LS22 6JS, Contact: 01937 581102

Second SUNDAY of every month

10-12pm, St Peters Church, 8 Hough Lane, Bramley LEEDS LS13 3JF, Contact: 07966 723186



Peer Support Group 10.30-12.00pm, Guiseley Children’s Centre, Oxford Rd, Guiseley, Leeds LS20 9DA, Contact: 01943 874100


Peer Support Group 9:30-11am  St Peters Church, 8 Hough Lane, Bramley LEEDS LS13 3JF. Contact: 07966 723186


Really helpful video clips

You may find some of these video clips useful they cover feeding expressing and relationship building with babies.

The importance of relationship building

Meeting baby for the first time

Skin to skin contact A mother having skin to skin contact with her baby immediately after delivery.

First Feed Mums giving their baby a first feed after delivery

Hand expression: This video guides you through how to hand express, and talks about the times when hand expression might be useful for you.

Breastfeeding and relationship building: Views and tips from mothers and health care professionals

Positioning and attachment: A breast feeding counsellor helps a mother with positioning and attachment.

What effective feeding looks like: this clip shows an animation of what positioning and attachment looks like.

Keeping mums and babies close: this clip shows how mothers keep their babies close in the early weeks and months.

Baby led feeding

Talking about breastfeeding: mothers talk about their experiences of breastfeeding.

Dads: A short video about how dads can help

Breastfeeding problems: Some mothers encounter problems with breastfeeding, this looks at how they are caused and how to avoid them.

Maximising breastmilk 

Continued Breastfeeding 
Public breastfeeding 
What ineffective feeding looks like