Breastfeeding helps lay the foundations of a healthy life for a baby and also makes a positive contribution to the health and wider wellbeing of mothers and whānau/families. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended until babies are around six months.
Although breastfeeding is natural it sometimes doesn’t come naturally so it’s important that mothers know what to expect and have support from their health practitioners.
In this section
- Information on common breastfeeding problems for health practitioners who are supporting women to breastfeed. Read more
- The Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor Programme is an initiative that builds on community capacity to provide cost-effective breastfeeding peer support. Read more
- Publications by the Ministry of Health relating to breastfeeding. Read more