Our team at Great Western Hospital are committed to ensuring that all mothers are supported to feed their babies by their chosen method, in line with the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Best Practice Standards.

While we recognise that breastfeeding is the normal and healthy way for babies to feed, and we are committed to helping mothers and babies establish breastfeeding, all women are given the opportunity to discuss feeding with a health professional, to ensure they receive unbiased, evidence-based information.

Staff are dedicated to supporting mothers and babies whichever way they choose to feed, and will ensure that parents who choose to bottle feed are shown how to do so safely.

Support and resources for infant feeding in Bath & NE Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire

Please see the Bath & North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) Maternity Voices Partnership Plus website: Infant Feeding Padlet BSW MVP.

Breast feeding

We provide positive support and encouragement for mothers who would like to breastfeed, and we are committed to UNICEF's (United Nations Children's Fund) Baby Friendly Initiative to support breastfeeding.

The UNICEF/Baby Friendly standards are a proven way of increasing breastfeeding rates.

Baby Friendly supports both health professionals and mothers to continue their chosen method of feeding for as long as they wish.

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