Breastfeeding has a positive effect on your baby's health (and your own) that cannot be duplicated by formula milk, which is why both the NHS and World Health Organisation recommend you exclusively breastfeed your baby for the first six months.
As one Mumsnetter puts it: "Breastfeeding is, biologically, the default position."
But just because breastfeeding is natural, it doesn't mean that doing it comes naturally. For every mother who's lactating like a fountain and loving it, there's another who's wincing at the prospect of a small mouth clamping down on her nipple yet again.
And, frankly, there's no telling which type of mother you're going to turn out to be. So, follow the links to our breastfeeding advice to help you get started, sort your baby's latch out, deal with common initial breastfeeding problems, such as engorged breasts and sore nipples, breastfeed in public, deal with growth spurts - and keep going until you decide it's time to wean your baby from the breast.
Breastfeeding is something you and your baby have to learn to do but, thankfully, practice generally makes perfect. And if you're having difficulties, there's breastfeeding support and help available 24/7 on Mumsnet Talk when you need it.
- Getting breastfeeding established
- Breastfeeding tips
- Cracked nipples
- Latching on tips
- Breastfeeding problems
- Engorged breasts
- Mastitis and blocked milk ducts
- Baby growth spurts
- Baby weight gain
- Breastfeeding in public
- See all breastfeeding help
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