Breastfeeding: 8 months and over

It’s great for baby if you’re breastfeeding past eight months, in fact it’s recommended!  Here are a few things to think about:

  • Breast milk is the ideal balance of nutrients for your baby – it suits them no matter which stage of development they’re in. Just make sure you introduce solids no later than six months.
  • As you probably know already breast feeding is portable, hygienic, easy and an important bonding time for you and your baby.
  • It’s recommended that you breast feed for at least for the first six months, and ideally continue breast feeding (or giving expressed breast milk) alongside solid foods for up to a year or more. Remember you can introduce your baby to a cup with water from around six months.
  • Returning to work doesn’t mean you need to stop breastfeeding. You can express milk, feed before and after work, or maybe find a crèche or daycare nearby – there are plenty of options to help you through.
  • The 12-month mark doesn’t need to be the end - you can keep breastfeeding for as long as you and your baby want. Remember, every baby is different and you should do what works best for both you and your baby.

It is important that at this stage you offer food before their usual milk feeds.  This means that your baby will begin to get more of their nutrition from food than in the earlier stages. 


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