Exclusive breastfeeding (giving your baby breast milk only) is recommended for around the first six months of your baby's life. After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside other food will help them continue to grow and develop, as well as reducing their risk of illness.
We aim to provide encouragement, support and up-to-date information to enable you to breastfeed your baby confidently and successfully. If you choose to bottle feed your baby we aim to enable you to do so as safely as possible. Support is also available with introducing solid foods to your baby.
Breastfeeding is good for babies. Compared to formula fed babies, breastfed babies have:
Any amount of breastfeeding has a positive effect. The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits. Infant formula doesn't give your baby the same ingredients or provide the same protection. Breast milk adapts to meet your baby's changing needs.
Breastfeeding doesn't only benefit your baby, it benefits your health too.
Breastfeeding is good for mums as it:
Exclusive breastfeeding can also delay the return of your periods.
Many mums find some support with breastfeeding helpful. This can be at any time, from pregnancy and getting started, to your child's final breastfeeds.
You can get breastfeeding support by: