Narelle Dwyer Lactation Consultant
The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.
For Mother & Baby:
Breastfeeding is the normal, natural way to feed your baby.
A precious bond is enhanced by the closeness of breastfeeding and the release of special hormones during a feed.
Breastmilk contains all the nutrients your baby needs. These nutrients change constantly as your baby grows.
Immune properties in your breastmilk are specially designed for your baby.
Protection against infections and illnesses, such as gastroenteritis, ear, throat and respiratory infections
Reduced risk of diabetes, obesity, childhood leukaemia, heart disease
Enhanced development of all the systems in a baby's body
May reduce allergies, such as asthma and eczema
Enhanced brain development and eyesight
It is always available, clean and safe
Convenient and cheap
Your body returns to normal much more quickly after your baby's birth
Contraction of your uterus is stimulated reducing your chance of bleeding and developing infections after birth.
Reduced risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis
Reduces you risk of pregnancy when exclusively breastfeeding in the first 6 months
Time to sit down and rest
Less trips to the doctor
Environmentally friendly - leaves no footprint
Common concerns when you are breastfeeding:
Difficulty with attaching baby correctly
Knowing how to tell your baby is getting enough milk
Too much milk
Blocked ducts and mastitis
Who to go to for help
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