Breastfeeding is the natural and cheapest way to feed your baby. It gives all the nutrients your baby needs and helps protect him or her from infections and other diseases and can also reduce your chances of developing illnesses such as breast and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding also helps you and your baby to get closer - physically and emotionally. As you would expect it is perfect for your baby’s digestion too.
The ideal time to start breastfeeding is immediately after the birth, ensuring your baby receives the colostrum - a special milk low in fat, and high in carbohydrates, protein, and antibodies produced when you breastfeed for the first time.
You will be provided with lots of support whilst breastfeeding your baby.
Your midwife or health visitor is a great source of help and support. At Liverpool Women’s we actively promote and support breastfeeding and you will be offered help and support by our midwives and support staff both in the hospital and when you get home. There are also many organisations such as The Peer Support Programme - Bambis, includes mothers who have breastfed themselves, they have been fully trained and are able to offer specialist advice.