Quite simply, breastfeeding is the healthiest option for you and your baby.
By deciding to breastfeed, you’ll be giving your child the best possible start in life.
Any period of breastfeeding however short, will benefit your baby, but the maximum benefits are gained by feeding breastmilk and nothing else until around six months, and then continuing to breastfeed after solids are introduced into the second year of life and beyond.
Even though breastfeeding is the natural way to feed, in order to help you have a successful and enjoyable experience, you and your baby will both need time to learn how to get it right.
Breastfedbabies.org has been written and designed especially for parents in Northern Ireland to provide help and support to make breastfeeding easier.
As well as explaining why breastfeeding matters, the site offers advice and guidance on how to breastfeed, expressing breastmilk, solutions to common breastfeeding problems, weaning and returning to work.
We hope that breastfedbabies.org will be able to answer many of your questions about breastfeeding. If you have specific concerns, your midwife or health visitor should be able to help, or you could contact one of the local support groups, a peer support mother or breastfeeding counsellors as listed in our support section.
The Public Health Agency has produced lots of information to help you find out more about breastfeeding. In particular, the booklet ‘Off to a Good Start’ contains lots of useful information about breastfeeding. It is helpful to read when you are pregnant, or as soon as you have your baby. Ask your midwife for a copy or access it here.
The Breastfeeding Strategy for Northern Ireland ‘Breastfeeding a Great Start’ also provides more information on breastfeeding.
In this website, babies are referred to as 'he'.
Good for mums, babies and businesses
The 'Breastfeeding welcome here' scheme is an initiative which aims to make it easier for mums to recognise places where they can breastfeed their baby when they are out and about.
For more information, click the links below
Local Breastfeeding Support Groups