Mother’s milk:
The amazing science of breast milk

How does your body make breast milk?
What exactly does it contain? And how does it affect your baby’s health and development?

How does your body make breast milk? What exactly does it contain? And how does it affect your baby’s health and development? We’ve pulled together the latest scientific research, with guidance from the world’s leading experts on lactation, to give you the lowdown on the incredible science of breast milk. Our articles, videos and free ebook will help inform you so you can make your own feeding choices.

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Medela South Africa

The first hour: Breastfeeding your newborn

Did you know a healthy baby will be ready for her first breastfeed within minutes of being born? Discover the importance of initiating breastfeeding during her first ‘magic hour’ in our video

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Medela South Africa

What happens to my breasts during pregnancy

If you think your breasts finished growing when you were a teenager, think again! The complex internal structures needed to feed a baby only start forming when you’re pregnant, and until recently we didn’t even understand how they work

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Medela South Africa

Why is colostrum so important?

You may have heard colostrum described as liquid gold – and not just because it’s yellow! We explore why it is such a precious first food for your breastfeeding newborn

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