This booklet aims to help pregnant women, new mums and their families make decisions about how they will feed their baby. It gives information and practical advice about developing a close and loving relationship with your baby; preparing for breastfeeding when you're pregnant; the benefits of breastfeeding; the difference between breast milk and formula; skin-to-skin contact at birth and the first magical hour; how breastfeeding works (including positioning and attachment); breastfeeding when you're out and about; going back to work; and a troubleshooting guide.

This publication is also available in audio on the NHS inform website.

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Last updated: 21 March 2024