NICE postnatal feeding guidance


The postnatal period is the time after a woman has given birth. These days and weeks are a special and important time for women, their babies, and the whole family. Every woman has different needs, and each will have different questions and worries during this time. It is important that women see the right professionals at the right time to get the care and advice they need after giving birth.

This Guidelines for Nurses summary for healthcare professionals—from the NICE guideline on postnatal care—covers planning and supporting babies’ feeding in the first 8 weeks after the birth. It is acknowledged that the choices parents make around feeding are not easy and sometimes their preferred choice might not be an option for them. Discussions around feeding should be respectful and acknowledge the various consequences different feeding options may have.


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