Feeding your new baby
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby
All your baby needs
It is important to feed your baby whenever he seems hungry. This will make sure you produce plenty of milk to meet his needs. That’s because each time he feeds, messages are sent to your brain, which then sends signals to your breast to produce more milk.
More feeding = More signals = More milk
Breastmilk contains all the food and water your baby needs. Giving other food or drink could be harmful and may also make him less interested in breastfeeding.
If you give your baby a bottle:
It is possible, but difficult, for mothers to reverse a decision not to breastfeed or to re-start breastfeeding once they have stopped. Introducing partial bottle feeding will reduce a mother's breastmilk supply. Breastfeeding mothers do not need to eat any special foods but it is recommended that, just like everyone else, they follow a healthy diet.