Maternity services

Breastfeeding is the safest and healthiest way to feed your baby.

The NHS is committed to helping women breastfeed. Support groups are an informal way to get help and advice from qualified peer supporters and health professionals. Partners, friends, family welcome.

To locate your nearest support group see the Breastfeeding groups and helplines leaflet: Breastfeeding groups and helplines leaflet (PDF, 138KB)

Why is breastfeeding important?

Breastfeeding is the most natural and superior form of nutrition for babies. In addition it offers protection from other illnesses for babies and mothers.

Benefits for mothers:

Benefits to babies:

  • Protection from tummy infections and diarrhoea (gastroenteritis) ear infections, chest infections and urine infections
  • Reduces the risk of obesity
  • Reduces the risk of asthma and eczema
  • Reduces the risk of insulin dependent diabetes in childhood
  • Reduces the risk of some childhood cancers
  • Reduces the risk of cot death (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

mum in hospital

Midwife advice

Local hospitals for 24 hours/day midwife advice

Boston – Pilgrim Hospital Maternity Ward
Tel: (01205) 445429

Grantham Maternity Unit
Tel: (01476) 565232

Lincoln County Hospital – Nettleham Ward
Tel: (01522) 573134

Leaflets:

Bump to Breastfeeding DVD: www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/from-bump-to-breastfeeding

Leaflets available in other languages:

The following leaflets are translations of the latest breastfeeding leaflet: Off to the Best start:

The following leaflets are translations of an older breastfeeding leaflet: Breastfeeding Your Baby:

Mother's Breastfeeding Checklists

Baby friendly status

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to working towards full accreditation as a Baby Friendly Facility. The Baby Friendly Initiative is a UNICEF initiative to improve quality of breastfeeding care to mothers and babies. To check on the progress our Trust is making towards accreditation, you can visit the following website and look at Health Care facilities in the East Midlands:

Baby Friendly Initiative
www.babyfriendly.org.uk

Breastfeeding helplines and websites

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
Tel: 08444 122 949
www.abm.me.uk

Breastfeeding Network Supporterline
Tel: 0300 100 0210
www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

La Leche League
Tel: 0845 120 2918
www.laleche.org.uk

National Breastfeeding Helpline
Tel: 0300 100 0212

National Childbirth Trust (8am-10pm)
Tel: 0300 33 00 771
www.nctpregnancyandbabycare.com