Breastfeeding is the best way to help your baby grow and develop. Breast milk is easy to digest and has the right nutrition for baby. As your baby grows, your milk will also change to keep up with your baby’s needs. Breast milk is always safe, fresh and exactly the right temperature. It is ready for baby at a moment’s notice, and you don’t have to heat it, boil water, or sterilize bottles. This makes night time feedings, travelling and shopping a lot easier. Breastfed babies generally have fewer infections in the first year of life.
Mothers may recover from pregnancy, labour, and delivery sooner when they breastfeed. It can help you to lose the weight gained during pregnancy and may protect against breast cancer and other illnesses later in life.
Although breastfeeding is natural, it may take some time for you and your baby to learn and practice. The first 2 weeks are hardest, but if you stick with it, you can work through most problems. If you have trouble, be sure to ask for help. Your health care provider, Public Health Nurse, or friends who have breastfed can all help and support you.