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Breastfeeding

  • 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

Did you know

Breastfeeding provides significant protection against Sudden Infant Death.

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