At Baby Steps, we believe in all the health benefits of breastfeeding, and fully support mothers and caregivers throughout their journey.
This is a special time, and it is important you have all the information you need to make the right decisions for your family.
Up until your little one is six months of age, breast milk is the best source of nutrition for your little one, and will provide for all of their nutritional needs. As well as its nutritional profile, breast milk also has a range of health benefits, including being completely natural and easy to digest, reducing the risk of infections, providing immune system support, as well as a way for creating a strong bond with your little one.
If you are looking for further advice or support on feeding your little one, you can reach out to your midwife, plunket nurse, lactation consultant, medical practitioner or other mums.
The PlunketLine can also provide support - you can reach them on 0800 933 922.
The World Health Organisation recommends exclusively breastfeeding infants from 0-6 months. If you’re considering introducing a breastmilk alternative, we recommend seeking professional advice from your GP or maternity professional. Introducing bottle feeding, either partially or exclusively, can reduce the supply of your own breast milk, and this may be a difficult decision to reverse. It’s also important to consider the costs associated with using a breast milk alternative.
If you decide to introduce infant formula, it is important to follow the instructions carefully and only use as directed. Improper use can make your baby unwell. It is recommended to consult your medical professional for advice specific to your baby, and their nutritional needs.