As Mum’s ourselves, we know what an intimidating prospect feeding your baby can be. Whether you opt for breastfeeding as Sam did or, if you can’t, like Aly the chances are you will attempt breast-feeding at some stage of motherhood.
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So, we decided to draw up a list of all the questions we had when it came to breast feeding and put them to Sharon George from the London Lactation Consultants, so that we could ensure that you had the best advice possible in an easy to digest format.
We are not saying ‘Breast Is Best’, what we are saying is that if you have any questions about breast feeding we hope our breast feeding series might help you to answer them.
In the forth installment from our breastfeeding series, Sharon answers “How long should i breastfeed for?”
How long should i breastfeed for?
This is entirely up to you.
I often suggest to new parents that they may wish to set themselves a short-term breastfeeding goal, initially a few weeks for example.
They can then go onto double or treble their target if they wish.
If you’re training for a marathon you build up to your long-term goal slowly and breastfeeding is no different.
As new mums become more experienced and confident with breastfeeding they may find that their goals change completely from their original plans.
In terms of the international guidelines, which the UK’s Department of Health endorses, here’s a link to the World Health Organisation’s information.