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Brilliant reasons to breastfeed

Any amount of breastfeeding is really positive for you and your baby, and the longer you’re able to breastfeed your baby, the greater the benefits.

It’s brilliant for babies…

  • Your body tailor makes milk for your baby, adapting it for each feed so that it always provides what your baby needs at any given moment.
  • Breastmilk has loads of antibodies which protect your baby from a whole range of infections from tummy upsets to ear infections, chest infections, asthma and eczema.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to be overweight later in life, and run less risk of getting diabetes
  • Breastfeeding lowers the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death

And brilliant for mums…

  • It’s free! Not to mention portable – you don’t have to worry about carting bottles and formula with you everywhere you go
  • Breastfeeding is great for helping you bond with your baby
  • Breastfeeding helps you to lose your pregnancy weight
  • Breastfeeding gives you stronger bones later in life
  • Breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancers

Breastfeeding isn’t straightforward for everyone though. If you’re having problems getting breastfeeding established, talk to your health visitor before giving up for good. Not only will they be able to give you practical tips and advice, but they’ll put you in touch with local breastfeeding groups where you can meet other mums who’ve been through breastfeeding and can help to build your confidence.

Useful links

National breastfeeding helpline


Page last reviewed: 12-02-2018

Next review due: 12-02-2021