Breast feeding is good news for baby and you. Breast milk is tailor-made for your baby. It boosts your baby's ability to fight illness and infection - babies who are not breast fed are more likely to get diarrheo and chest infections.
Exclusive breast feeding is recommended for around the first six months and alongside solid foods thereafter.
You can find out more by reading the Off to the best start - a guide to help you start breast feeding leaflet. This gives information on support services which are available and where to get 24/7 help with breast feeding.
If you choose to bottle feed, you can find out more about how to prepare infant formula and sterilise feeding equipment to minimise the risks to your baby.
Read the Guide to bottle feeding leaflet, which provides information about infant formula, what you need for formula feeding, how to sterilise feeding equipment, how to make up a feed and feeding your baby.
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