Breastfeeding your new baby
Exclusive breastfeeding delivers many benefits including a significant reduction in gastrointestinal infections and a reduction in the risk of Sudden Infant Death. Breastfeeding supports close and loving relationships which help baby’s brain development and formation of a positive attachment. Breastfeeding supports close and loving relationships, improves mental health and can reduce the risk of postnatal depression.
In the beginning it can seem like you’re doing nothing but feeding, but gradually you and your baby will get into a pattern and the amount of milk you produce will settle.
Feed your baby as often as they want. This is called baby-led feeding. Let your baby decide when they’ve had enough. Find out more on the Infant feeding- Breastfeeding page.
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Public Health England’s resource Start4Life provides support through leaflets, emails and social media – the interactive ‘Breastfeeding Friend’ is available through Facebook Messenger, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant: nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding/extra-help-and-support
PHE also provide a national breastfeeding helpline on 0300 100 0201.