You can breastfeed your child as long as you want to. Health experts recommend that babies are breastfed up to 2 years of age or longer.
Breast milk is good for your baby because:
- It has over 200 natural live nutrients needed for growth and development
- It is easy to digest
- It is “custom made” to meet your baby’s needs
- It contains antibodies that protects from illness and infections
- It promotes healthy jaw and brain development
Breast milk is free. It's always safe, fresh and ready for your baby to eat anytime, anywhere. It's also good for the environment.
Giving your baby the nutrition they need is important for their growth and development. Infant formula is a suitable choice if breast milk is not an option or if you choose not to breastfeed.
Babies eat “on demand.” This means they eat whenever they are hungry. It's normal for infants to eat often; 8 or more times in 24 hours. Your baby may also want many short feeds over just a few hours. Your baby may tell you they are hungry by putting their fingers or fist in their mouth, making sucking movements or noises or by crying.
Feeding time is an excellent chance to bond with your baby. Make the most of this time by holding your baby close, doing skin-to-skin time, talking softly to your baby and looking into your baby’s eyes.