• Before you give birth, it is good to think about whether you want to breastfeed or not. It may not be very easy at first, but staff at the clinic may be able to help you with this.
• Breastfeeding has many advantages for you and the baby.
• There are also physical benefits for the mother.
• If you decide to breastfeed, try to do so for as long as possible. Breast-feeding for longer has greater benefits for the baby. At least 6 months is recommended.
• If you decide to bottle feed, ask the nurse for practical information on how to formula feed so that it is most effective and safe.
• Some women can’t breastfeed. There may be a medical or other health reason for this. Don’t feel bad. If you can’t breastfeed, it doesn’t mean you are a bad mother.

Some benefits of breastfeeding

It protects the baby from infections and diseases.
• Breast milk is natural and clean, and is available whenever and wherever the baby needs to feed. It’s free.
• It helps build a bond between you and your baby.
• It reduces the risk of bleeding after birth.
• It helps you get back into shape after childbirth.
• It reduces the risk of breast cancer and diabetes.