Periods while breastfeeding
Many factors determine when your period will return when you're breastfeeding. Learn more about how breastfeeding affects your menstrual cycle.
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.
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.
Breastfeeding and work
Links to information about breastfeeding and returning to work.
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.
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.
How to breastfeed
Breastfeeding is a partnership between you and your baby and it takes time to establish breastfeeding successfully. It may take up to 6 weeks for you to feel confident.
Mastitis occurs when breast tissue gets inflamed, usually due to a blocked milk duct from breastfeeding. It can lead to infection.
It is important to talk to your midwives, nurses or doctor if your baby is not feeding as you expect. Here's information about breast feeding, formula feeding and moving onto solids.
How your baby gains weight
All babies will gain weight differently, but there are some guidelines for healthy weight gain.