Exclusively breastfeeding for around the first 6 months of your baby's life and then continuing once your baby starts solids until 12 months and beyond gives your baby the best start in life. Each page listed below begins with a short video followed by key messages in English and 9 other languages. More detailed information follows at the bottom of each page. You might like to start by watching the video on the page Best food for your baby.
Your breast milk makes a big difference to both your baby’s health and yours. Breast milk helps protect your baby from tummy upsets, ear infections and respiratory infections, and may reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity and cot death.
Babies have such a strong instinct to breastfeed. Usually in that first hour your baby will start to show signs of being ready to feed. If left, they will move towards your breast and latch on by themselves.
Feeding whenever your baby wants to feed will help maintain your milk supply. This is your baby's way of making sure they have all the breast milk they need. The milk they take is replaced each time they feed.