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Why breastfeed?

When it comes to feeding your baby, breast is definitely best. Unlike artificial milk, it isn’t made to a standard formula. It actually changes as the weeks and months go by to suit your growing baby’s needs.

A newborn baby has a very small tummy that initially holds 1-2 teaspoons colostrum (first milk) each feed, which is perfect for your baby. As more breastmilk is produced, the amount your baby gets each feed increases every day. Unique elements in your milk encourage growth and prevent harmful bacteria in your baby's tummy.

Healthier for baby

  • Better protection against ear infections
  • Better protection against tummy upsets
  • Better protection against chest infections and wheezing
  • Lower risk of diabetes
  • Lower risk of allergic diseases like eczema
  • Better mental development
  • Straighter teeth
  • Less likely to become overweight or obese

Healthier for you

  • Breastfeeding burns 500 calories a day so it helps you lose your baby weight
  • Lower risk of early breast cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Stronger bones when you get older

Free and always ready to go

  • Breastmilk never runs out, so it's always available
  • It's always at the right temperature
  • There's nothing to sterilise
  • No formula to buy, which can cost hundreds of pounds a year

A special thing between you and your baby

  • You can't beat the feeling that 'you' made your baby grow - it creates a special bond
  • It makes you proud and gives you confidence as a mum

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