Every woman's journey to motherhood is different, but one of the first decisions every new mother makes is how to feed her child.
The foundations for a healthy life are laid in pregnancy, infancy and childhood. There is plenty of evidence internationally supporting that breastfeeding contributes positively to infant and maternal health, as well as the social wellbeing of a baby, mother, family and community.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and New Zealand Ministry of Health recommend for a baby to be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age and beyond.
Breastmilk contains antibodies that matures the gut and helps your baby fight off viruses, bacteria and infection. The act of breastfeeding supports not only the physiological growth and development of a baby, but also psychological development by enveloping the baby in warmth, smell and taste of familiarity.