In the first new months of life, breast milk is the best nourishment for your baby. Breastfeeding has many advantages:
- Breast milk is always available and always has the perfect temperature.
- Breast milk is free.
- Breast milk protects your baby from illnesses and allergies.
But breastfeeding is more than just food: It gives your baby love, protection and the sense of security. Be patient if breastfeeding does not work straight away. Get help from a midwife, nurse or breastfeeding counsellor.
In the birthing room, place your baby on your breast. Milk is usually released on the 2nd or 3rd day after the birth. The first form of breast milk is known as colostrum. It is thick and yellow and particularly valuable. After about 2 weeks, the mature breast milk is formed. This lasts for the first 6 months without having to use supplementary feeding.
Good to know! Place your baby near the best frequently, this improves and strengthens the flow of milk. Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid cigarettes and alcohol. Drink little coffee!
Caution! Breastfeeding does not protect you from a new pregnancy. Discuss what form of contraception is best with your doctor.
Some women do not want to or cannot breastfeed, for example, because they are ill. In this case, give your child baby formula products that contain exactly what your baby needs. Get some advice from a midwife or paediatrician. Pay attention to cleanliness and only use boiled water to mix the food.