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
- This section contains information for health practitioners on supporting women to breastfeed. It includes information sheets on common breastfeeding problems and links to other useful resources. Read more
- The Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor Programme is an initiative that builds on community capacity to provide cost-effective breastfeeding peer support. Read more
- The New Zealand workforce is changing and women are increasingly returning to work following the birth of a baby. This page contains information on the benefits to employers of supporting women to breastfeed after they have returned to work. Read more
- Publications by the Ministry of Health relating to breastfeeding. Read more