Your breast milk is specially designed to meet your baby’s needs. Your breast milk provides all the nutrients including breast milk carried immunity for your baby and reduces the risk of SUDI. For some mothers, breast feeding can be challenging for a variety of reasons.
The benefits of breast feeding your baby and the different breast feeding positions that you will find useful can be found here.
While breastfeeding, it is important that you eat healthy foods because what you eat impacts on what your baby receives from your breast milk. This guide will assist you with foods that will provide the greatest benefits to your baby while breastfeeding:
Although breastfeeding is a natural process, it doesn’t come naturally for some women.
It is therefore important you are getting support with breastfeeding as it is not always an easy task! Talk to your partner, midwife, family or friends early to avoid problems escalating. Specialised help such as a lactation consultant is also available to assist you should you continue to experience problems at home with your little one. Contact details for individuals in your area who are able to assist are found below. You can also download the free breastfeeding app BreastFedNZ for more information and support.
Te Hauora O Te Hiku O Te Ika
La Leche League
Hawkes Bay Area
Capital and Coast District Health Board
West Coast areas
Southern District Health Board areas
Click on the image below to view the Breastfeeding Naturally YouTube channel which follows numerous mothers on their breastfeeding journey. It includes tips for successful breastfeeding and shows the realities of breastfeeding for women and their families.