Breastfeeding benefits

Regardless of how you choose to feed your baby, it’s useful to know the benefits for the both of you should you decide to breastfeed.

Health benefits for your baby

Breast milk is full of nutrients that will help your baby get the best start in life. Your breast milk is naturally tailored to your baby’s specific needs, giving them what they need grow strong. It is packed with antibodies that help fight germs and reduce the risk of:

  • infections
  • diarrhoea and vomiting
  • developing allergies
  • childhood leukaemia
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • cardiovascular disease in adulthood
  • obesity and type 2 diabetes in adulthood

The World Health Organisation recommends that you offer your baby nothing but breast milk for the first six months of their life, followed by a weaning diet of breast milk and solid foods.

Health benefits for you

It’s not just your baby who benefits from breastfeeding either. It can also reduce your risk of:

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