You can breastfeed your baby for as long as you like; some mothers choose to breastfeed for just a few weeks or months, others continue until their baby is one year or older. The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby's life.
Be reassured that whatever you choose to do is right for you – everyone’s different, and the best choice is what feels right for both you and your baby. If you are breastfeeding, look after yourself; make sure you rest when possible and that you try to have a healthy diet (go organic as much as you can - it's the purest option) and drink plenty of fluids.
The Department of Health (DH) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of your baby's life, and it can continue to benefit your baby along with solids for many months thereafter.
Although it is a natural process, breastfeeding isn't always easy to begin with and it’s perfectly normal to feel a little anxious and worried at first.
Read our top tips on how to breastfeed including ideal positions, how to settle your baby and how to wind your baby.
Your little one will let you know when they’re hungry. It’s best to breastfeed your baby on demand (and to begin with, they will be very demanding!)
You can express your milk by hand or with a pump – whichever works best for you. Pumps can be operated by hand or electricity but most mums tell us an electric pump is by far the easiest way to express!
There are a number of reasons why you might want to combine breast and bottle feeding, such as if you're returning to work, you want to share feeding with your partner or you are going to be away and someone else will be looking after your baby.
Although breastfeeding is a completely natural process, it isn't always easy to begin with. It's a new experience for you and your baby, so a little time, experimentation with different techniques, and patience may be needed.
Read our tips and advice for breastfeeding, including feeding twins and what to do if you are become pregnant again but are still breastfeeing.
Babies can have a habit of taking over your life but as a new mum, it’s vital to stay hydrated and eat well, if you are breastfeeding
Getting a bit of extra help. Breastfeeding isn't always easy to begin with and it’s natural to feel a little anxious