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Why breastfeed in the first few weeks?

Research shows that the longer you breastfeed, the more protection you give your baby from infections and illnesses, as well as conditions like asthma or diabetes in years to come. It also shows that longer breastfeeding provides more protection for you against breast and ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis.

You've done so well to get this far, and if you are able to continue breastfeeding we've got tons of info and advice in our top tips for breastfeeding in the first few weeks below. 

Top tips for mums

Tip #1

There are tons of ways you can make breastfeeding less noticeable when you're out and about, but don't feel you need to hide the fact that you're breastfeeding - in Scotland it is your legal right to breastfeed in a public space. Read our page on "Breastfeeding friendly clothes" for some tips.

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Tip #2

Some mums prefer to express milk to take with them when they're out and about, and that's fine too. Our section on "Expressing your breast milk" is full of helpful information.

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Tip #3

Mums often get very thirsty when they're breastfeeding so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and keep some water nearby when feeding.

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Tip #4

If you're worried you aren't doing it right, don't panic. Speak to your midwife or health visitor about different positions which you could try to make breastfeeding easier for you and your baby. You can also find out more in our How to guide on 'Breastfeeding positions - getting comfortable'.

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Last updated: 20 May, 2019