Breastfeeding is one of the best things that only mothers can do for their babies. The breastfeeding survey, conducted regularly since 1998 by the Family Health Service of the Department of Health, showed that the ever breastfeeding rate (proportion of babies who had been breastfed) has increased from 50% for babies born in 1997 to 77% for babies born in 2010. The exclusive breastfeeding rate (no infant formula milk or complementary food) for babies 4-6 months old increased from 6% to 14.8% for the same cohort of babies.

In fact, breastfeeding is an important health choice that will confer great health benefits to both babies and mothers, as well as the community.

World Health Organization's Recommendation

The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding from birth up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.

Benefits to the baby

 
 

Benefits to the mother

 
 

Benefits to the community

 
 

For any doubt or trouble encountered in breastfeeding, ask for help right away. Professional help and advice can be obtained from a nearby Maternal and Child Health Centre or the Family Health Service Breastfeeding Hotline at 2961 8868. For more information about breastfeeding, child health and maternal health, please visit the website of the Family Health Service at http://www.fhs.gov.hk.