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Why breastfeed after the first month?

If you can, continuing to breastfeed for the first few months is brilliant for your baby's health. It's recommended that you breastfeed exclusively for around 6 months, and then continue breastfeeding alongside solid food. The normal length of time to breastfeed is for 2 years or longer, but just aim to keep going for as long as you can.

Breast milk: still all your baby needs

Your milk is changing all the time to be perfectly suited to your baby as they grow, so it makes sense to breastfeed for as long as possible. Your breast milk still provides everything your baby needs and helps protect them from getting ill.

The more you breastfeed, the more milk you will have. Most babies aren't ready for solid foods until around six months, but even when they do, their main source of nutrients will still be milk for several months. For the best health advantages for your baby, it's important to carry on breastfeeding responsively to make sure you always make enough breast milk for your baby as they grow.

Getting used to breastfeeding in the first few months

Hopefully you're feeling pretty confident about breastfeeding now, and enjoying it! For many mums, the key to keeping up breastfeeding is working out how to breastfeed when they're out and about. You might want to just go and meet friends or join a toddler group or just get out for a walk!

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Last updated: 20 May, 2019