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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Protect your baby 

Breast milk is the only natural food designed for your baby 

The benefits of breast milk and breastfeeding include:

  • breast milk contains all the nutrients the baby needs for around the first 6 months of life and helps to support their immune system
  • breast milk containing colostrum, which is full of antibodies that help protect your baby from any infections during initial feeds
  • mother’s milk production will adapt to the baby, the more often you feed the more milk you will produce
  • the complex composition of breast milk is constantly changing to meet the baby’s nutritional requirements
  • breastfeeding can strengthen the bond between you and your baby.

Benefits for your baby 

There are many benefits of breastfeeding for your baby, such as:

  • breast milk significantly contributes to the battle against weight and obesity
  • the prebiotic oligosaccharides found naturally in breast milk are special nutrients that can encourage the growth of friendly bacteria in the digestive system
  • protection against ear infections
  • protection against chest infections and wheezing
  • lower risk of diabetes
  • less risk of eczema
  • protection against diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and tummy upsets
  • better mental development
  • better mouth development and straighter teeth
  • nappies not as smelly

Benefits for the mother 

There are many benefits of breastfeeding for the mother, such as:

  • lower risk of ovarian cancer
  • lower risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer
  • stronger bones in later life
  • can assist with a faster return to pre-pregnancy figure. 

Breastfeeding support groups

Breastfeeding Buddies Drop-in Clinic

A weekly drop-in group operated by the Department of Health and Social Care, Health Visiting Service.

Every Tuesday (except Bank Holidays)
from 11am to 12.30pm at
Centre 21, Greenfield Road, Douglas, IM2 6BG

For more information contact:

Nicole Hara

Health Visitor

Telephone:+44 1624 656030

Email:Send Email

La Leche League Isle of Man

La Leche offer a friendly mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group from pregnancy through to weaning.

For more information contact:

Leader NameTelephone
Katie +44 1624 619836/ +44 7624 316950
Siobhan +44 1624 625 / +44 7624
Sam +44 1624 / +44 7624

Website: www.laleche.org.uk/supportgroup/la-leche-league-isle-man
Email: lllbreastfeeding@manx.net

‘Breastfeeding welcome here’ scheme in the Isle of Man 

The following establishments including cafés and restaurants are now part of the ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here’ scheme and display a sticker stating that breastfeeding mothers are welcome.  

Establishment
Area
Alpine Café
Douglas
Arena Restaurant
Santon
Bradda Glen Restaurant Port Erin
Breagle Glen Café Port Erin
Bride Tea Rooms Ltd Bride
Café Avanti   Douglas
Chequers Bar, Dining & Function Suite, Cherry Orchard Port Erin
Coffee Republic Douglas
Curragh’s Wildlife Park                               Ballaugh
Courthouse Bar, Restaurant & Club Douglas
Davisons At The Villa  Douglas
Davisons Ice Cream Parlour Peel
Golden Phoenix Restaurant Ramsey
Greens Kitchen & Tea Rooms St Johns
Haneffes Bar & Grill, Savoy Hotel Douglas
Harbour Lights Café & Restaurant Ramsey
Hard Hat Café Ballasalla
HQ Bar & Restaurant Douglas
Imperial Dragon Chinese Restaurant Douglas
Jade Harbour Chinese Restaurant Peel
Java Express Limited Douglas
Kirby Park Garden Centre Ltd Braddan
La Mona Lisa Restaurant Laxey
La Piazza Restaurant   Douglas
Laxeys Diner Laxey
Manx Fun Farm                                                     Onchan
Manx National Heritage, Grove Tearooms Ramsey
Marine Hotel Peel
Milntown Restaurant Lezayre
Mother Care Douglas
Mount Murray Hotel +The Club House Restaurant Santon
National Sports Centre Douglas
Neb Café  St Johns
Nexus Bar Douglas
Northern Swimming Pool Café  Ramsey
On The Rocks Douglas
Paragon Restaurant Douglas
Patchwork Café & Guest House Port St Mary
Peveril Bldgs, Loch Promenade  Douglas
Port St Mary Golf Pavillion Port St Mary
Rasoi Indian Cuisine  Port St Mary
Salmon Lake Centre & Ballacregga Corn Mill Laxey
Salt Bar & Kitchen Douglas
Sir Normans, within The Sefton & The Sefton Douglas
Spill The Beans Douglas
Strand Shopping Centre Douglas
Sure Strike Bowling and Leisure Centre                                                          Ramsey
Taste Buds Douglas
The Bay Room Restaurant, Manx Museum Douglas
The Buttery  Douglas
The Central Hotel Peel
The Craftea Weaver Laxey
The Empress Hotel Douglas
The Mad Hatter Cake Boutique Ramsey
The Tickethall Douglas
Tynwald Mills St Johns
Victoria Grill Douglas
Viking Hotel Castletown
Welbeck Hotel Restaurant Douglas
Whistlestop Coffee Shop Port Erin

Pharmacies

PharmacyArea
Clear Pharmacy Douglas, Port Erin, Port St Mary
Castle Pharmacy Castletown
Cowley’s Pharmacy Peel
Corkills Pharmacy Onchan
Constain Pharmacy Ballasalla
Kinrade Pharmacy Douglas
Laxey Health Centre Laxey
Lloyds Pharmacy Douglas, Onchan, Port Erin, Laxey
and St. Pauls Square, Ramsey, 
Village Walk Health Centre Onchan

General Practioners

GPArea
Ballasalla Medical Centre Ballasalla
Castletown Medical Centre Castletown
Finch Hill Health Centre Douglas
Jurby Health Centre   Jurby
Kensington Group Practice Douglas
Laxey Surgery Laxey
Palatine Group Practice Braddan
Peel Group Practice Peel
Promenade Medical centre Douglas
Ramsey Group Practice Ramsey
Southern Group Practice Port Erin
Snaefell Surgery Douglas
Village Walk Health Centre Onchan

Please help us provide support for breastfeeding mothers. Together we can take a proactive approach in developing a healthier community. 

If you would like more information or to register to this new scheme please email;

Public Health Directorate

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