Things to Know About Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can help you to give your baby the best start in life

Breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months of life can help to make sure your baby gets the best start because breast milk contains all the nutrients they need and helps protect them from infection and diseases. If you’re able to breastfeed, it can make a positive difference to your baby’s health now and in the future1. It also reduces mothers’ chances of getting certain diseases later in life2.

Check out these 8 different breastfeeding positions for you and your baby.

Breastfeeding also allows you and your baby to get closer – physically and emotionally. So while your child is feeding, the bond between you can grow stronger.

Most women leak breast milk, especially in the early days of feeding. This usually settles down and although breast pads (nursing pads) are not always essential, they can still be extremely useful for breastfeeding mothers, especially in between feeding, when out and about or if returning back to work. It’s important when choosing protection for your nipples between feeds, to avoid plastics, superabsorbents and other synthetics.

Useful links:

Breastfeeding Network

1. Breastfeeding helps protect your baby against: ear infections, gastro-intestinal infections, chest infections, urine infections, childhood diabetes, eczema, obesity, asthma.
2. Breastfeeding helps protect mothers against: ovarian cancer, breast cancer, weak bones later in life.

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