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It's the healthiest and best way your feed your baby! It's the only natural food designed for your baby! It's completely free and can build a strong emotional bond between mother and baby. Learn about how to breastfeed and the benefits.
It’s never too early to start thinking about how you're going to feed your baby. Today, most women in England are choosing to breastfeed. 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.
Watch these videos featuring breastfeeding mums for advice and information, including tips on breastfeeding twins, expressing and returning to work.
Your complete guide to breastfeeding, from latching on to milk stains. Whether you're a beginner or wondering when to wean, find the answers here.
Breast milk is the best nutrition for babies. Breast-feeding provides many health benefits for both baby and mother. A vitamin D supplement is recommended for all breast-feeding women.
The following pathway allows you to follow a mother's journey through the health-care system and explains the standard of care she should expect for herself and her baby throughout.
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Medical Care when we are closed
NON-EMERGENCY: Have a look at out "Get health information" page. Alternatively, call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
MINOR INJURIES: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or a local minor iunjuries unit. The LIVE WAITING times for these services are listed here.
EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.