Typical breastfeeding

Most health organizations, including the World Health Organization, recommend breastfeeding for at least two years because of the significant health benefits for mother and baby. They encourage the addition of solid foods to the diet at around six months, although some organizations recommend starting as soon as four months, especially if the baby is at a high risk of some food allergies. Many organizations also recommend giving babies vitamin D. Breastfeeding is much easier when mothers understand how normal babies breastfeed, are aware of typical breastfeeding behaviours, patterns and sounds, and are able to choose appropriate breastfeeding positions. These behaviours vary slightly among babies and change with age. For example, some babies may choke or tug more at the breast than others. It is vital that mothers know the signs that a baby is taking in enough milk. Mothers generally produce excellent milk in amounts that allow their babies to grow well. Some mothers have an above-average milk supply and can breastfeed two or more babies at once.