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How long?

Your body will produce all the milk your baby needs for the first 6 months. No water or other fluids are needed. From 6 months you can start your baby on solid foods. You can continue to breastfeed until your baby is 2 years or older, or until your baby chooses to wean.

Breastfeeding even for a short time will help to protect your baby’s health. The longer you breastfeed the greater the health protection, so breastfeed as long as you can.
Exclusive breastfeeding means giving only breast milk with no other foods, milks or fluids -apart from prescribed medicines, minerals or vitamin supplements.
Breastfeed for as long as you can. Try to aim to

  • Breastfeed exclusively for the first six months
  • Continue breastfeeding after that, for as long as you can, as part of your baby’s healthy diet.

We should give breastfeeding mothers all the support they need, to breastfeed as long as they want to.

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