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Mother breastfeeding her babyBreastfeeding has significant advantages for you and your baby and is the best start for good health for your child throughout life. Breast milk provides all the nutrients a baby needs for the first six months of life and continues benefitting both the mother and infant for as long as breastfeeding continues. After you introduce your baby to solid foods at around six months, it is recommended that you continue breastfeeding for 12 months – and beyond, as long as you and your baby desire.

Research has shown breastfeeding increases your child’s capacity to maintain a healthy weight throughout life. Compared to infants who are formula-fed, those who are breastfed are at less risk of becoming overweight in childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.

Breastfeeding also reduces the chance that a baby will suffer gastro problems, chest infections and ear infections and reduces the risk of other chronic diseases such as diabetes later in life.

Breastfeeding is good for you, too, because it can help you return to your pre‑pregnancy weight faster. Women who don’t breastfeed, or who breastfeed for only a short time, are more likely to hang onto their excess weight after the birth. And often this pattern is repeated after each pregnancy.

You need the extra nutrients to look after yourself well while you’re breastfeeding. So make sure you:

If you’re concerned about the amount of milk you’re producing, the amount your baby is drinking, or about feeling extra tired, talk to your health professional.

 

 

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