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Breastfeeding is the optimal way to feed your baby and provides many benefits for you both. Some of them include:

For you

Helps you return to your pre-pregnancy weight and health.

  • Protects against breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

For your baby

  • Breast milk provides all the nutrients your baby needs for around the first six months.
  • Breast milk is easy for your baby to digest.
  • Breast milk reduces the risk of many diseases such as diarrhoea and ear infections.

Other positives

  • Breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby.
  • Breastfeeding is convenient and free.
  • Breastfeeding is environmentally friendly.

‘I decided to try after I learnt how good it is for me, my baby and our relationship. I am so glad I did. I did it by surrounding myself with people who supported breastfeeding. I loved it.’

Young parents and new parents can find information here:

Links

If you are interested in reading the scientific research, here is a reliable resource: