Useful Resources for Mothers Wishing to Maximise Breastmilk or Relactate
There is a wealth of evidence that breastfeeding reduces the risk of babies developing infectious diseases. There are numerous live constituents in human milk, including immunoglobulins, antiviral factors, cytokines and leucocytes that help to destroy harmful pathogens and boost the baby’s immune system. Considering the protection that human milk and breastfeeding offers the baby and the minimal role it plays in the transmission of other respiratory viruses, it seems sensible to do all we can to continue to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.
To facilitate breastfeeding, mothers and babies should be together as much as possible, to have skin-to-skin contact, to feed their baby responsively and to have access to ongoing support when this is needed. See keeping baby close and developing close, loving relationships
When mothers are partially breastfeeding they can be encouraged to maximise the amount of breastmilk they are able to give or, if they choose, to be supported to return to full breastfeeding.
A range of Baby Friendly resources on infant feeding and supporting close and loving relationships can be found at: Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative
Telephone support for parents: National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212 from 9:30am-9:30pm, 7 days a week. Live online support via web chat.