Breast milk adapts to meet your babies changing needs.
The more breast milk your baby takes the more milk you will produce. If you give other food and drink to your baby then this will reduce your milk supply.
Breastfeeding naturally uses up to 500 calories a day.
'If I breast feed I won't know how much milk my baby is taking' - babies take different amounts of feed at different times, just like us. If your baby is contented, alert, producing plenty of wet and dirty nappies and steadily gaining weight then they are getting enough milk.
Feeding at night helps to stimulate your milk supply.
'Breastfeeding hurts' - Breastfeeding shouldn't hurt if your baby is positioned and attached correctly. Any pain suggests that this might not be quite right. It's important that you ask for and get plenty of support and help with the practical skills so that breastfeeding is a positive experience for both you and your baby.
'Colostrum' is the first milk, produced in the first few days and is sometimes referred to as 'liquid gold' as it is high in antibodies that help protect babies from infections.