Why Breastfeed?
 
Breastfeeding is one of the most highly effective measures you can take to protect the health of your baby. It is the only food he needs from birth till about six months of age. Breastfeeding can be continued up to about two years of age.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Nutrition: The nutrition composition of breast milk is just right and changes to match the needs of your growing baby. The milk composition also changes during a feed, becoming higher in fat towards the end of a feed, thus making the baby feel full and stop suckling. This reduces the likelihood of overfeeding your baby.

Fighting infections: Breastfeeding helps your baby fight against infections such as diarrhoea and respiratory tract infections.

Reduced risks: Breastfed babies are less prone to allergies, asthma, eczema and sudden infant death syndrome. It can also help protect your baby from becoming overweight, getting heart disease or other illness when they are older.

Time to bond: It is a special time to bond with your baby.

Cognitive development: There is growing evidence to suggest that breastfeeding enhances your child's cognitive development. These cognitive developmental benefits increase with the duration of breastfeeding.

Benefits for you: Breastfeeding will help protect you from breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.
 
Some Things You Should Know About Breastfeeding
While being a mum is life changing, it is not always easy. Breastfeeding is a learnt skill for you and your baby. With the right help and support, most women will be able to breastfeed their baby.
 
Breastfeeding Your Newborn
  • Newborn babies need to be breastfed often
  • Colostrum is the first milk and is very important for your baby.
  •  Initially, babies can feed 8 times a day or more.
  • The more your baby sucks on your breasts. The more milk your breasts will make.
  • Newborn babies need several feeds at night as well as lots of daytime feeds.
Getting Your Baby onto the Breast

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Will I Have Enough Milk?
The amount of milk produced depends on how often you breastfeed and how relaxed you are. Most women can have enough breast milk if you do not supplement with formula and have adequate fluids, food and rest. Allow your baby to suckle frequently, especially in the initial stages of breastfeeding
 
How Do I Know If My Baby is Getting Enough Breast Milk? 
A baby that has enough is contented and produces about six to eight wet nappies in 24 hours.

Breastfeeding is good for baby and good for mum.