There is a wealth of evidence that breastmilk and breastfeeding reduces the risk of babies developing infectious diseases.
Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed directly whenever possible and maximise the amount of breastmilk they are able to provide.
At present, there is no evidence that Covid-19 is transmitted through breastmilk. Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone else.
- Wash their hands before touching the baby, breast pump or bottles.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing on the baby while feeding at the breast, by cup, syringe, tube or bottle.
- Wipe the breast pump with antibacterial wipes before and after they use it.
- Clean all pumping and feeding equipment thoroughly with warm soapy water and dry with clean paper towel. Store pump kits in a sealed box with a lid.
- Clean bottles for formula with warm soapy water, rinse and then sterilise between feeds.
- Express, label and store breastmilk in the fridge provided. Ask your midwife for guidance.
Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative
Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshops and Support
Good news! Our antenatal breastfeeding workshop is back up and running from the comfort of your own home.
Join our virtual breastfeeding class on Thursday evenings 7-9pm. Recommended for couples who are around 34 weeks pregnant.
Postnatal infant feeding support also now available:
Little Lights socially distanced infant feeding advice and peer support
Mondays 10.30-12.30 in Revive Coffee Shop 99 Guildford Street, Chertsey, UK KT16 9AS
Peer support groups are limited to 15 participants per session during lock down so please sign up via eventbrite to avoid disappointment. Until restrictions are lifted groups will predominantly support the parents and babies still under the care of ASPH within the 28 days of delivery.
Find Little Lights Baby and Toddler Group on Facebook and request to join. Infant feeding Support spaces found on facebook page.
Face to face infant feeding support clinic
Virtual Attend Anywhere infant feeding support clinic
Tongue tie clinic
Friday mornings in Blanche Heriot Unit, referrals only. Speak to your midwife to make a referral and your baby's feeding and tongue mobility will be assessed in the Wednesday face to face clinic first.
St John's Church Egham socially distanced infant feeding advice and peer support
Fridays 12-2pm St John's Church, Manor Farm Lane, Egham TW20 9HL.
Breastfeeding Workshop Videos
- The Value of Breastfeeding
- Breastmilk Components
- Skin to Skin
- Positioning and Attachment
- Getting off to the Best Start
- Signs That Your Baby is Hungry
- Troubleshooting Problems
- Antenatal Colostrum Harvesting
Other Useful Resources and Videos
Please note that the resources below have not been created by Ashford and St Peter's.
- Best beginnings videos on breastfeeding, positioning and attachment
- Off to the Best Start leaflet on breastfeeding and how to know it is going well
- Children's Health Surrey: Infant Feeding
- Video: Hand expressing