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Breastfeeding

A great start

Giving your baby a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do for them - not just now, but for their future years too.

Breastfeeding is good for babies because breast milk contains antibodies that help protect against illnesses. Breastfeeding isn’t just good for your baby - it can be really rewarding for you too and is a chance to bond with your child and feel close to them. The other benefits to mums breastfeeding include reducing the risk of both breast cancer and ovarian cancer, breastfeeding also reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

When your baby is six months old, they will still need to breastfeed but now is the time to offer your baby some solids. This period is called ‘weaning’, which means ‘trying’. Remember that babies can’t drink cow’s milk until they’re a year old.

Midwife says

Until your baby is six months old, breast milk has got everything they need. Breastfeeding can sometimes take a little while for you and your baby to get used to, but once established, breastfeeding is easy for most mothers and babies. It is important your baby learns to attach properly to your breast as this will help you both to breastfeed well. It is important to feed your baby whenever they seem hungry. This will make sure you produce plenty of milk to meet their needs.

Stop

Breastfeeding is free, you don’t need to prepare breast milk and you can do it in most places.

Think

Breastfeeding is the best way to protect your baby against infections.

Do

Talk to your midwife, health visitor or volunteer breastfeeding counsellor if you have any concerns.


If you are still worried, contact your midwife or doctor.