Expressing and storing breast milk
Expressing milk means squeezing milk out of your breast so that you can store it and feed it to your baby at a later time.
Breastfeeding can be a special time for both mum and baby. Breast milk meets all your baby's nutritional needs from birth to 6 months.
Why 4 in 10 mothers stop breastfeeding by 6 months
Most new parents know 'breast is best', but while more than 9 out of 10 babies are breastfed at birth, few mums are breastfeeding exclusively 5 months later.
Breastfeeding is not always easy. You may have some problems, particularly if you are a new mum. It is a learned art — don’t worry, most problems can be overcome.
The pituitary gland makes different hormones, some that have direct effects on the body and others that control other endocrine glands.
Periods while breastfeeding
Many factors determine when your period will return when you're breastfeeding. Learn more about how breastfeeding affects your menstrual cycle.
Weaning is when you stop breastfeeding your baby or toddler and start introducing solids (and possibly formula).
Medicines and breastfeeding
While most medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding, some can affect your baby. Find out which medicines you can take and how to get advice.
Carbohydrates are an important part of a balanced diet. Learn more about healthy carbohydrates and the glycaemic index (GI).
Smoking and pregnancy
Find out how quitting smoking will improve your health and give your baby the best start in life.