Breastfeeding can be a challenge for new mums and it may take some time for you and your baby to get the hang of it.
However, breastfeeding can help babies fight illness and infection and reduce a mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Our top tips should help you feel more confident about breastfeeding and know support is always on hand.
1. Prepare for breastfeeding before your baby arrives.
Antenatal classes will help you feel more confident about breastfeeding and teach you how to overcome the most common problems.
2. Skin-to-skin contact
Skin-to-skin contact with your baby straight after birth will help keep them warm, calm and steady their breathing. It also helps your baby attach to your breast using their natural latching reflexes.
3. Look out for signs your baby is hungry
When your baby is hungry they may get restless, suck their fist or fingers, make murmuring sounds or turn their head and open their mouth (rooting).
4. Build up your milk supply
In the first few weeks after birth, try not to ‘top-up’ your baby with formula milk or give them a dummy as this can lower your milk supply. Your body knows to make more milk each time your baby feeds.
5. Ask ‘Alexa’
For more advice and support speak to your midwife, health visitor, local peer supporter or GP. Alternatively, visit your local Children's Centre.