You can start to bond with your baby before it is born. Simple things like you and your partner stroking, talking to and even singing to your baby while in the womb can start the bonding process. For bonding ideas take a look at the Building a Happy Baby leaflet.

From 28 weeks your midwife can sign you up to a free text service called Flo. Flo will send you texts during your pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after your baby is born with useful tips and information. If you’d like to know more about Flo have a look at our introduction to Flo video. Further information about Flo and how to sign up can be found here.


There’s a lot to do and think about when you’re expecting including preparing to feed your baby when he/she arrives. Start4Life has lots of useful information.


However, you don’t need to wait until your baby has arrived before getting information and support about breastfeeding. The Dudley Volunteer Breastfeeding Buddies run drop-in groups every week day across the borough for both breastfeeding and expectant mums and dads. To find out where the sessions are visit the Dudley Health Visitors Facebook page.


For information about breastfeeding and where to access groups and support visit Dudley Babies.