Breastfeeding & Infant Nutrition
CityCare offers a range of services and projects for young families, helping them to access advice around pregnancy, care of their babies and advice on breastfeeding and nutrition.
Health visiting services and other support helps combat isolation and provide support for mums who want to breastfeed as well as those who need support with infant nutrition.
We aim to support mums who want to breastfeed by encouraging businesses and venues to become breastfeeding friendly.
Breastfeeding Friendly signs are displayed in shops, businesses and venues in Nottingham City, and there is also a Breastfeeding Friendly Directory to help you find places where you can be sure of a warm supportive welcome if you want to breastfeed your child.
It is illegal for businesses to refuse to allow women to breastfeed under the Equality Act 2010.
We would love to hear which business and venues have made you welcome, or where you have been made to feel uncomfortable.
For support and help from breastfeeding groups in Nottingham City see the Breastfeeding Group Timetable.
Feeding your baby
When your baby is about six months old, they will be ready to start eating solid foods. This video will help answer questions you may have at this time, including when to introduce solid foods, how much milk to give your baby, and what other drinks your baby can have.
At about six months old, your baby will be ready to start drinking from a cup or a beaker instead of a bottle. This short film will help answer questions you may have about making this change and the benefits it will have for the development of your baby’s speech. It also gives advice on what drinks to give your baby and how to protect their teeth.
Relationship building for you and your baby
Babies love the company of other babies and children.
This short film will help answer questions you may have about helping your baby to make friends. It gives advice on different groups for babies and the benefits of going to a group with your baby.
Having a baby can change your relationship with your partner. This short film will help answer questions you may have about these changes. It includes how to cope with a new-born baby, making time to talk to your partner and how to be organised after having a baby.
Your older child and your new baby
The arrival of a new baby is not just a change for you – it is a big change for your other children. This short film will help answer questions you may have about these changes. It includes how to cope with more than one child and what changes you may see in your older child’s behaviour. It gives you tips on how to help your child bond with the new baby as well as advice on making other big changes like moving house.
How can I lose my pregnancy weight sensibly?
You may feel different physically and emotionally after having a baby and it is important to take care of yourself and to lose your pregnancy weight sensibly. This short film will help answer questions you may have about these changes including dieting after having a baby, the best foods to eat, how to keep active and how breastfeeding can help you to lose weight.
Your baby’s development
Sleep is important for both you and your baby. Every baby has their own sleep pattern which changes as they get older. This short film will help you know how much sleep your baby needs, why they wake up and when they are likely to start sleeping through the night. It gives advice on bedtime routines and what to do if your baby has difficulty sleeping.
All babies develop at their own speed. This short film will help answer questions you may have about when your baby will roll, sit or crawl. It shows you how you can help your baby to develop and how to protect them as they become more mobile.