Breastfeeding is a skill that takes time to get the hang of. Lots of mums wonder if their baby's feeding well and getting enough - especially in the first few days. But once you've mastered it, you'll probably find it's the easiest and most satisfying way to feed your baby. Breastfeeding means you'll always have a constant supply of food for your baby, at the perfect temperature, whenever they need it. For more information please visit the WIN Breastfeeding support & information page here or the Start4Life page here, or for more on where you can go for localised support then click here
Guide to bottle feeding your baby
One of the advantages of bottle feeding is that your partner can enjoy this precious time too. It's such a lovely moment to connect, look into your baby's eyes, and enjoy the cuddle. for more information please visit the Start4Life page here or see the guide to bottle feeding.
If you have any questions, concerns, or need some advice (whether you are breast or formula feeding), call the NCT helpline (0300 330 0700).
When your child reaches 6 months old, you can start the process of weaning or introducing solid foods. If your baby was born prematurely then ask your GP or health visitor when you should start introducing solids.
Visit the Start4Life website for help and guidance
Growing children, especially those who don't eat a varied diet, sometimes don't get enough vitamins A and C. It's also difficult to get enough vitamin D through food alone.
The Department of Health recommends that all children aged 6 months to 5 years are given vitamin supplements containing vitamins A, C and D every day.
It's also recommended that babies who are being breastfed are given a daily vitamin D supplement from birth, whether or not you're taking a supplement containing vitamin D yourself.
Babies who are having more than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula a day shouldn't be given vitamin supplements. This is because formula is fortified with vitamin D and other nutrients.
Free vitamin drops
Find out about Healthy Start Vitamins in Wolverhampton
Babies will require routine vaccinations from 2 months of age onwards. The routine vaccinations offered are important for the child’s health because they will protect them from a variety of serious diseases such as measles, mumps, polio and some bacterial infections that can cause meningitis as well as others.
For more information please click here.
For a list of parent/carer and baby groups click this link
For a guide to your rights whilst pregant, including your right to time off from work and flexible working, statutory maternity pay and free prescriptions visit the NHS choices page