Wondering what breastfeeding is really like? How do people breastfeed when they’re out and about? What should you do if breastfeeding hurts? Can you still breastfeed if you’re going back to work? What about twins and triplets? What if your baby is in special care?
The films on this page follow four mums who decide to breastfeed their babies, and will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about breastfeeding and how to do it successfully. To watch a film, click on the headings or images below or use the menu to the left.
If you want to have your own copy of these films, they are available on our DVD From Bump to Breastfeeding. Click here to find out how to get a copy.
IntroductionA short introduction to From Bump to Breastfeeding.
Preparing for birth
Meet four prospective mums, Melissa, Maria, Teresa and Angela. Melissa has never been through labour – she had a caesarian-section with her previous child. For medical reasons Maria has to have a c-section; Teresa wants to give birth at home; and Angela is expecting her third child. We follow them as they prepare for their births.
Birth, skin-to-skin and the first feedAll our mums have different birth experiences. Find out why skin-to-skin contact is so important and about breastfeeding for the first time. "It's a great feeling to be able to provide for him without anything else, just me myself," Angela says. Melissa’s partner Andy says breastfeeding is healthy, cheaper and much less effort than making up bottles.
How to make sure your baby is attaching well at the breast.
The early days and weeks
Angela is back home with baby Cameron and breastfeeding is going well. "It's a great feeling to be able to sit there and watch him feeding away. It's a really special bond," she says. Teresa is making sure she has plenty of contact with Rufus, ensuring her body is supplying enough milk for him. Breastfeeding can protect you against ovarian cancer and give you stronger bones in later life.
Feeding out and about
Meet four mums whose babies have been breastfeeding for a little while and hear their experiences. Linda was troubled by breastfeeding outside the home – until she tried it. "I thought, 'nobody breastfeeds in public,'” she says. “What I realised is, loads of women breastfeed in public, you just don't realise it's happening."
Find out about overcoming challenges like uncomfortably full breasts and mastitis, and how to position your baby so he or she feeds properly.
Linda and Heidi have fed their babies breast milk for six months. Now their babies are ready to try their first solids.
Join a class with specialist midwife Bella Dale, who explains how breastfeeding works and how mums' bodies start preparing to feed their babies before birth.
Three mums tell us how they overcame hurdles with breastfeeding. Thomasina overcame sore nipples, while Lowri encountered mastitis, both of which were caused because their babies weren't attaching properly at the breast.
We meet three mothers who express their milk for different reasons and learnt how to do it in different ways. Find out techniques for expressing, different pumps and ways to store breast milk. We also discover how mothers fit breastfeeding into their return to work.
In their first few weeks, pre-term babies may be fed using a nasogastric tube. But as they progress they will begin to take milk feeds, usually through a tube into the baby's mouth or nose. Breast milk is best for many reasons. Find out why and how as we follow four mothers and their premature babies.