Breastfeeding Guide



    • Preparing to Breastfeed Before the Birth
      • It is always a good idea to be a prepared as you can possibly be and find out as much as you can about breastfeeding before you have your baby. It will help you feel more confident when you do start breastfeeding your baby.
      • Pregnancy and pre-birth classes will usually cover the most important aspects of breastfeeding, such as positioning and attachment, expressing common breastfeeding problems and how to tackle them as a first time mum.
    • Colostrum: Your First Milk
      • When you first deliver, the fluid your breasts produces in the first few days is called colostrum. It is the same thin, yellow (sometimes clear) substance that leaks out of your breasts during pregnancy. This is very concentrated food so your baby will only need about a teaspoonful during each feed.However, your baby may want to feed quite often, every hour to begin with for example. They’ll begin to have fewer, longer feeds once your breasts start to produce more “mature” milk after a few days.
    • Your Let-Down Reflex
      • Your baby’s suckling motion will cause milk to be squeezed down towards your nipples. This is called the let-down reflex. Some women get a strong tingling feeling while others feel nothing at all. You will notice your baby’s response to your milk when the sucking changes from their quick sucks to deep rhythmic swallows as the milk begins to flow.
      • If your baby seems to be falling asleep before the deep swallowing stage of feeds, that could be an indication that they have not properly attached to the breast.


Breast milk is simply the best source of nutrients for babies. The Ministry of Health Malaysia, or Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM), recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Note that early introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks may have an impact on the quality of breastfeeding.

Typically, after six months of age, infants should receive age-appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Seek pediatric advice to know when your baby is ready for her first weaning, usually when she has reached some key developmental markers. This can be as early as 4 months of age.

PipiPau fully recognizes breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the KKM.

The content on this website is intended as general information for Malaysian residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner.

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