Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for your baby. It’s recommended that you exclusively breastfeed baby until around six months of age, and then continue breastfeeding along with solid foods for up to two years or longer.
Here are a few things to think about:
- Breast milk has the ideal balance of nutrients for your baby – the composition changes and it suits them no matter which stage of development they’re in. Just make sure you introduce solids at around six months.
- Breastfeeding is portable, hygienic, affordable and has many benefits for both you and baby.
- Returning to work doesn’t mean you need to stop breastfeeding. You can express milk, feed before and after work, or maybe find a preschool or daycare nearby – there are plenty of options to help you through.
- Remember, what works for fellow mums, might not work for you. You should do what works best for both you and your baby.
- At around 7 months, breastmilk should still be offered to baby before solid foods.
- At about 8-9 months start to give solid foods before a breast feed. At 8-9 months the milk feeds are still important, but baby is gradually increasing the amount of food they eat and nutrition they receive from food.
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