I am definitely going to breastfeed. It is the most natural way to feed a baby.
That’s great news. Your breast milk will give your baby all the nutrients they need. Your milk can protect them against illnesses like ear infections, chest infections, and stomach upsets. This protection can last for many years, and the longer you breastfeed the greater the health benefits. It will help them to grow steadily, too. As your baby grows and changes, your milk changes – something no formula could do.
Make breastfeeding part of your birth plan
If you’re pregnant, you might have been advised to make a birth plan. Make breastfeeding part of it. Talk to your midwife about planning to have skin-to-skin contact as soon as possible after your baby’s born. Try a feed within your baby’s first hour of life.
Eat well and look after yourself
You don’t need to eat special things to breastfeed. But you do need to eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid smoking and alcohol. You will need to drink plenty of water too. Whatever you eat or drink, so will your baby. Find out more
Breastfeeding is good for you too
You’ll use up to 500 calories a day by breastfeeding. That’s the same as an hour on a treadmill, and could help you to lose the weight gained in pregnancy. Breastfeeding will help you bond with your baby too. You’ll also be at less risk of ovarian cancer, breast cancer and osteoporosis.
Talk to your midwife or health visitor
Some mums are able to breastfeed easily straight away. Others find it takes a bit more time and practice. This is normal. If you need support with breastfeeding, ask your midwife or health visitor.
You can also find lots of useful information on this in the Bump, Baby and Beyond Book.
Breastfeeding Support Groups
There are breastfeeding support groups all over Wales. They’re an excellent source of information and encouragement for breastfeeding mums or pregnant women. Ask your midwife or health visitor about groups in your area.
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