Breast milk is mum’s way of providing her baby with all the nutrients he/she needs. Breastfeeding not only benefits that baby but mum too. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding for the first six months and continued breastfeeding alongside other foods beyond the baby’s first birthday. This will give your baby the best start in life. However, any amount of breastmilk will always be good for your baby’s health and well-being
Breastfeeding helps protect baby against ear infections, asthma, eczema, chest infections, obesity, gastro-intestinal infections, childhood diabetes and urine infections.
Breastfeeding helps protect mum against breast cancer, weak bones later in life, ovarian cancer and also helps mum to lose weight quickly and can even delay the onset of periods.
Getting off to a good start….
Early skin to skin contact with baby this is important for all babies for their health and well-being and tells your body it’s time to make milk!
Early Feed baby receives vital colostrum, ‘natures first vaccine’ and your milk supply is kick started.
Baby led feeding Let your baby lead the feeding, feed them whenever they ask. Frequent feeding will tell your body when and how much milk is needed.
Make sure your baby is well-attached ask a midwife or visit a support group for help. Learn how milk is made – understand what your body is doing!