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I want to breastfeed my baby. Does Becoming Mum support breastfeeding?

Becoming Mum supports each woman to make their own choices about feeding, guided by their personal values.

If you do want to breastfeed then you will find that Becoming Mum supports your nursing relationship.

Becoming Mum will support you in discovering and living by the values that underlie your decision to breastfeed.

Is breastfeeding, for you, about promoting your baby’s physical health, or building a loving relationship, or being physically affectionate?

If you understand the values behind your decision to breastfeed then this can give you the strength to persist through any challenging times in your nursing relationship as well as the ability to be flexible and adapt when life doesn’t go according to plan.

Becoming Mum will support your nursing relationship by encouraging you to make your baby’s feeds rewarding and enjoyable for you.

If something is rewarding you are much more likely to continue to do it.

Becoming Mum is also about building your confidence to make mothering decisions, including decisions about feeding, based on your own values and what works for your baby, rather than based on the opinions of others.

This may be liberating for many breastfeeding mothers.

If you are planning to breastfeed, I also suggest that you obtain good information on breastfeeding by connecting with mother-led breastfeeding support organisations such as La Leche League International (http://www.llli.org) or the Australian Breastfeeding Association (https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au) or by seeing a Lactation Consultant.