Health and Wellbeing for Baby and Me

Here is some information that you might find helpful after the birth of your baby.

Health professionals should discuss the benefits and risks associated with the prescribed medication and encourage the mother to continue breastfeeding, if reasonable to do so.

The Breastfeeding Network – Drugs in Breastmilk Information Service

The Breastfeeding Network drugs fact sheets

Find out how substance abuse affects breastfeeding on the Inpatient Drug Rehab website

Somerset Partnership provides a wide range of integrated community health, mental health, learning disability and social care services to people of all ages.

You can find out more on the Children, Young People and Families section of the the Somerset Partnership website.

You can find information on local services to help children, young people and their families on the Somerset Choices website

Supporting healthy lifestyle choices across Somerset, delivering joined up health, social care and wellbeing services.

You should start to brush your baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts. Babies should also be registered at a dentist and can start to visit with their parents or carers as early as possible to help get them used to the look and experiences of the dentist.

 Somerset dental advice line, it is for Somerset residents wanting advice on registering at an NHS dentist or seeking emergency appointments.

Phone 0300 1237691 or email Monday to Friday 8.30am to 8pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 8.30am to 6pm)

Somerset offer FREE Oral Health ELearning, stay informed by completing at Oral Health eLearning

Oral Health foundation – Dental Care for mother and baby

Here’s a family friendly oral health promotion video that you might find useful.

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM) Helpline: 0300 330 5453

The Personal Child Health record is the main record of a child’s health and development.
You can find out more on the RCPCH website.

HANDi Maternity has been developed by the maternity team at Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton and is provided free for all women having their baby at the unit. The app gives useful information and advice throughout your pregnancy.

Many injuries can be avoided if the appropriate steps are taken to prevent them. Somerset is committed to reducing the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents. Take a look at preventable accidents in Somerset

For information on safety and accident prevention, and to see if you are eligible for a home safety assessment and free equipment, you can speak to your health visitor or any getset children centre staff.

You can find more and download a free resource pack on the Child Accident Prevention website

There are many positive effects of baby wearing (See Social and Support groups). When considering a sling, safe baby wearing is paramount. You can see the safe baby wearing checklist below. Attending a sling meet is a useful way to have your technique checked and receive safety reminders as well as supporting you to develop a network too.

NHS Choices (2015) signposts to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Some parents choose to share a bed (also known as co-sleeping) with their babies. It is important for you to know that there are some circumstances in which bed-sharing with your baby can be very dangerous.

For safety information and advice go to the Lullaby Trust website 

The ABC of Safer Sleep, reminding you that the safest place for a baby to sleep during the first 6 months is A – Always Alone; B – on their Back and C – in their own cot.

You can find a short video of ‘How to reduce the risk of SIDS’ here

or visit

UNICEF Co-Sleeping and SIDS, a Guide for Health Professionals

Children must be in an appropriate child car seat until they are either 135cm in height or 12 years old. After this they must then use an adult seatbelt according to the new rules.

Buy wise be Safe website



ROSPA – The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents



 Somerset Road Safety – Child Safety Seats

Emma’s Diary website has pregnancy and baby advice and guidance. They are an alliance partner with the Royal College of Midwives.

Best Beginnings is a charity working to give every child in the UK the best start in life. We work closely with parents, leading healthcare professionals, royal colleges, other charities and the Department of Health to create innovative evidence-based resources.

Sore or painful nipples are one of the main reasons women give up breastfeeding. But with the right help and support, this problem can often be sorted out.

For support on latch and attachment in Somerset we recommend you speak to a Health Visitor, you can access support by visiting a Health Visitor attended baby group. The groups are listed in the Essential guide to feeding and caring for your baby

Vaccination is the term used for getting a vaccine, that is, actually getting the injection or taking an oral vaccine dose. Immunisation refers to the process of both getting the vaccine and becoming immune to the disease following vaccination.

On the NHS website there is a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK free of charge on the NHS and the ages at which they should ideally be given.

If you’re not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to catch up later in life.

Try to have your vaccinations delivered on time to ensure protection. If you’re not going to be able to get to the GP surgery when a vaccination is due, talk to your doctor, as it may be possible to arrange to have the vaccination at a different location.

Childhood vaccines timeline

You can start using contraception as soon as you’re ready following the birth of your baby, including while you breastfeed. For more information on the contraception available while breastfeeding and beyond, see below. You can speak to your GP, Midwife or Health Visitor.




contraception following the birth of your baby

SWISH Somerset-Wide Integrated Sexual health Service – An NHS Service designed for people of all ages in Somerset

You can find out more on our Further support and information and Useful resources pages.