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Parenting and Feeding from Conception to Weaning Issue 15

32 A4 pages of concise easy read information with pictures

This booklet conforms with best practice standards as recognised by NICE and the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative

Giving mums a great start for 30p per copy - also ideal for feeding advisers, midwifes and health visitors.


It’s easy to talk with the Mothers Guide

The Mothers and Others Guide makes it easy for professionals and new mums to talk on the phone. An up to date, evidence-based resource, the Guide supports UNICEF UK Baby Friendly best practice standards so is ideal for both antenatal and postnatal conversations. “I telephoned my midwife for some information. She asked me to get the ‘Mothers Guide’ and it was brilliant to be able to refer to the guide together over the phone. She even knew which page to direct me to… she had obviously done this before.” Jane - First Time Breastfeeding Mum
What is the Mothers & Others guide?

32 pages of concise, easy to read, key information for professionals and parents. Written by Mandy Abbett, Infant Feeding Specialist

What does it offer?

For Parents

It is a concise easy read booklet for to give them all the information they need to make informed choices about feeding and caring for their baby. This ensures they have the required information for compliance with UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

For Professionals

A reference booklet for staff on the standards that are required for Baby Friendly Accreditation which is updated every year.

It brings several leaflets together in one booklet so trusts need only purchase this.

NEW in this issue

Revised information on Formula Feeding with samples of the new leaflets available to download/buy

Addition of Koala Hold position mothers can use for breastfeeding their baby

Safer Sleep pages updated

Returning to work information updated

Latest evidence on treatment of mastitis

Revised Dads and Partners page

Testimonial 1

"The information contained within this easy to read/digest and gives Mother's the best start to their feeding journey. We have started insisting that all our staff read and familiarise themselves with the contents so that they can easily discuss this at routine appointments but also as this updates their knowledge. Love the new 9 stages that have been included, this is something that I have included in mandatory training for our Midwives but this makes so much sense to new parents when they see it written down. Also the table on Vit D is easy to understand- thanks for an amazing publication."

Lisette Harris
Specialist Midwife, Infant Feeding. Mid and South Essex Uni Hospital Group
Testimonial 2

"The Mother's and Others Guides are really great, useful to refer to and have been invaluable when doing telephone support over the pandemic period. We do our best to ensure every mother/family unit has a copy and the Health Visitors have one each too in their feeding resource bags for reference"

Jane Dickens
Bradford District Care Foundation Trust, Strategic Breast Feeding Lead
Testimonial 3

"Here in The Rosie Hospital, Cambridge we provide all expectant mums with the guide, which we use to support good conversations around feeding during pregnancy and after birth. We find the pictures on positioning and latching particularly helpful to enhance women's understanding. We also use the guides as a useful tool in staff training sessions, confident that the information conforms with BFI and NICE best practice standards."

Lesley Bennett
The Rosie Hospital, Cambridge
Testimonial 4

"The Mothers and Others Guide is given to all pregnant women in Nottingham CIty, and is invaluable in informing them about the benefits and management of breastfeeding. It is helping us to achieve UNICEF Baby Friendly standards in giving information to antenatal women."

Sarah Elbourne
Infant Feeding Project Lead
Testimonial 5

"I would like to say that we use and love the Mothers and others Guide, it is an invaluable resource. We use it every day in our 10 o'clock feeding talk on the post natal ward to highlight the information we are trying to convey."

Sam Rush
Infant feeding and BFI project lead midwife maternity. Surrey and Sussex healthcare NHS Trust
Testimonial 6

"When speaking with new mums about breastfeeding, it can seem very daunting for them to take everything on board; having this user friendly magazine with excellent pictures and evidence based knowledge makes the process much easier."

Julie Newby
Southend Hospital

Latest News

The Mothers Guide made its successful debut in London recently, at an early infant care conference. The event, ‘Making the Natural Normal’ was held to celebrate the North West London Hospitals Trust achieving UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation. Speakers included Dr Alison Spiro, Specialist Health Visitor for breastfeeding. The Mothers Guide received some encouraging feedback from
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When we asked her to review the latest edition of the guide, Kerrie Campbell from Bosom Buddies, Halewood PRC commented: “Hi Mandy, I have just finished reading your newly revised version of Mothers and others from the front page to the back page. I would just like to say I think this is your best
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To ensure our publication meets the requirements of health professionals as well as mums and dads, each issue is reviewed before publication by various professionals from across the UK. Karla Napier Infant Feeding Advisor, Simpson Centre, Edinburgh kindly reviewed the latest version for us. Here’s a sample of what she had to say: “Issue 11
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