Women are encouraged to think about feeding their baby from very early in their pregnancy.
This is so that you can consider what the issues might be for you and you can talk about them with your midwife or doctor. Breast milk provides all the nutrition that your baby needs for the first six months of their life. There are benefits for both you and your baby if you breastfeed. Your baby is protected from infections, allergies and a range of other medical conditions and breastfeeding protects you from developing ovarian cancer and osteoporsis, as well as helping you to return to your pre-pregnancy weight. It is also very convenient and reasonably fuss-free. Breastfeeding has to be learned. It's not always easy to begin with, but most women who persist find breastfeeding gets much easier.
Breastfeeding is something that both you and your baby need to learn and sometimes you will need support to get it right. Here we offer a range of tips and advice to get you over some of the initial hurdlesLearn more
Most women can breastfeed but some women may have to overcome obstacles to breastfeed successfully. Generally with early help and support many issues can be solved before they become too serious.Learn more
Medicines, drugs & breastfeeding
Medicines, drugs and other substances can pass through your breast milk to your baby. If you are not sure about the effect that a substance might have on your baby, check with a health professional.Learn more
Breastfeeding sick & premature babies
Your breast milk has important health benefits for your premature or sick baby. Even the smallest amount is of benefit to your baby.Learn more
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