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How breastfeeding works

The more your baby feeds, the more milk production is stimulated. When your baby sucks at the breast, hormones are released. These hormones make the milk and cause the milk to ‘let down’ or flow.

The first milk you produce looks thick and yellowish. This first milk (colostrum) is important for your baby as it contains substances to nourish and protect from disease. The milk gradually becomes thinner and more watery looking. This is normal. Your milk contains everything your baby needs to grow and satisfy hunger.

More information about breastfeeding is available from the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

A new mother breastfeeding her baby.

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