- Breastfeeding is natural and normal and gives your baby the best start in life.
- The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.
- Breastfeeding alongside the introduction of solid foods can continue to benefit your baby for many months after.
- Every day you breast feed makes a difference to your baby’s health, now and in the future.
By choosing to breastfeed you will be protecting your baby against:
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Chest and ear infections
- Being fussy about new foods
- Being constipated
- Being obese and developing type two diabetes later in life
- Developing eczema
Breastfeeding is good for new mums too:
- It lowers the risk of mum getting breast and ovarian cancer
- It naturally uses up about 500 calories a day so it is often easier to lose pregnancy weight
- Breast milk is free and automatically made on demand from your baby while artificial milk can cost up to £45 a month and needs to be prepared fresh for each feed.
To find more information about breast feeding and bottle feeding visit www.amazingbreastmilk.nhs.uk