08:17 01 October 2009
Breastfeeding is the most natural thing for you and your baby and the best way to give them all the nutrients they need for the first six months of life. It also gives them immunity to help protect them against common infections and diseases.
As well as reducing the chances of you developing diseases later in life, such as ovarian cancer, breast cancer and weak bones (osteoporosis), breastfeeding mothers can return to their pre-pregnancy figure faster!
Breastfeeding is an emotional experience, allowing you and your baby to get closer - physically and mentally. So while your child is feeding, the bond between you can grow stronger.
To make sure it is easy and trouble-free, there are certain things you can do to help so you are able to relax and enjoy these tender moments.
The early days are crucial, and when it comes to technique, you may need a little guidance from a midwife or breastfeeding counsellor. There is also a wealth of information available from reliable sources and those in the know.
In this close-up video clip, UK parenting club Bounty.com offer guidance on latching-on and positioning tips for both you and baby, as well as highlighting the signs that help you know that all is going well to make that special time a happy one for you both.
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