These posters were designed for Breastfeeding Celebration Week in 2019, but could be used at any time for staff education in hospital settings. Please note that the 'Why human milk' poster on the right applies to premature babies, and the 'Why human milk' poster on the left applies to term babies. Although all the posters are targeted at health professionals rather than the public, It is particularly recommended that the 'Why human milk' posters would not be seen by families directly, as those who are finding breastfeeding difficult are likely to find these messages unhelpful. Click on the images to download (recommend printing as A3), or join our Facebook group.

These posters preceded our commitment to additive language described at the bottom of the page.

Why human milk for term babies
Breastfeeding is not just nutrition
Breastfeeding when Mum is in hospital
breastfeeding problems
Why human milk for preterm babies
What is normal in breastfeeding


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We will be running Q&A sessions on various topics, which will be advertised on our social media sites. Please email if you have ideas or want to get more involved. We welcome health professionals passionate about supporting breastfeeding/chestfeeding and lactation in the hospital setting to join our steering group, please get in contact if this is you!

You may have noticed that we use 'additive' language on our website to refer to lactation and human milk feeding. This means that we might refer to 'breastfeeding/chestfeeding'. Chestfeeding is a term that some non-binary people use to refer to feeding their child at the chest if the word breast is not congruent with their gender identity. Using additive language helps reduce a feeling of exclusion for non-binary and transgender people, without taking away from the importance of words like breastfeeding and mother. We do not always use additive language - for example when using infographics created by other organisations or referring to scientific research that didn't use additive language as this may not generalisable. There is a much more detailed description of the additive approach here.

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