After reading this chapter, you will have a better understanding of:
  • The benefits of breastfeeding
  • A mother's nutritional needs
  • The stages of milk production
  • The typical problems that mums can encounter while brestfeeding.


1. Breast is best!

The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is six months old. Some mums will need advice and support when trying to achieve this.

2. The benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has many benefits for both mum and baby, but what makes it so good?

3. Top tips for mum's nutrition

A woman needs to look after herself while pregnant and breastfeeding to give her baby the best possible start in life, and eating a healthy diet really makes a difference.

4. Why some mums don't breastfeed

Unfortunately, some mums cannot – or choose not to – breastfeed for a variety of reasons.

5. Breastfeeding problems

The success of breastfeeding often lies in how the baby latches on to the mother’s breast. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen and breastfeeding problems can occur.

6. Breastfeeding in the workplace

Breastfeeding should not prevent a woman from returning to work, and there are no legal restrictions or time limits on breastfeeding in the workplace.

7. Combination feeding

Some parents may wish to feed their baby using a combination of breastfeeding and bottle feeding – using either expressed breast milk or infant formula milk.

8. Ask the experts

Breastfeeding is a complex and emotional subject and many mums will seek advice from their health visitor, midwife, GP or local pharmacy. So what answers do the infant feeding experts have for some of the common questions?

9. Key ingredients of milks

The following ingredients are present in both breast and infant formula milks to ensure babies get all the nutrients they need to thrive.

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