Breastfeeding

Giving your baby a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do for them.

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 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 breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.

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 the breast as this will help mother and baby to breastfeed well. It is important to feed your baby whenever they seem hungry. Talk to your midwife, health visitor or volunteer breastfeeding counsellor if you have any concerns.

For more information about breastfeeding support please call HomeStart on 0161 344 0669.

Midwives say:

Until your baby is six months old, breast milk has got everything they need.

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.