Congratulations on your new born baby – now the fun begins!

This section may be of interest to new mums, or to those that want to know more about the benefits of breastfeeding. It also looks at healthy eating for mum at this important time.

The information below covers feeding your baby from birth to about 6 months, when they are ready for solid food (complementary feeding or weaning). If you want to know more about introducing sold foods to your baby why not look at Weaning your baby.

Top tips on feeding your baby and looking after you

  • For the best start for your baby breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months – your midwife will support you if you need some help
  • Breastfeeding can help protect your baby from infections
  • Breastfeeding can have health benefits for you too like reducing your risk of breast cancer
  • Caring for a baby can be demanding and tiring so look after yourself - eat a healthy, varied diet, drink plenty of fluids and take some physical activity


Giving your baby nothing apart from breast milk is recommended for the first 26 weeks (6 months) – also known as exclusive breastfeeding. This is because it contains all the energy, nutrients* and fluid your baby needs for healthy growth and development. It also protects your baby from infections and diseases, and has long term health benefits for both you and your baby.

While it’s important that your baby gets all the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development, it’s also important that you eat well and stay healthy so you can best care for your baby. This section will cover the following:

As a mum it is natural to have questions and maybe concerns about feeding your baby, even if it's not your first child. It’s also common for some mothers to take a bit longer to feel confident breastfeeding especially at the beginning. Your midwife or health visitor is there to help you and provide support and information during this time, so if you do have any concerns get in touch with them.

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