When to Start

Woman's situation When to start
Within 6 months after childbirth
  • Start breastfeeding immediately (within one hour) or as soon as possible after the baby is born. In the first few days after childbirth, the yellowish fluid produced by the mother’s breasts (colostrum) contains substances very important to the baby’s health.
  • Any time, if she has been fully or nearly breastfeeding her baby since birth and her monthly bleeding has not returned.