Name of Office: FHO, NCDPC
There is a substance in the breast milk which can reduce or inhibit milk production. If a lot of milk is left in the breast because the baby did not feed well or did not feed at all, the inhibitor will protect the breast from harmful effect of being too full by not producing anymore milk. It is important that mother gives only breast milk in the first 6 months of life and allow the baby to stop on his/her own in order to empty the breast and be ready for the next production of breast milk. Breastfeeding should continue after 6 months while complementary foods are given until 2 years and beyond.