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Advantages of breastfeeding


Reasons to be proud

These are just some of the ways that breastfeeding makes a difference to both mothers and babies. Find out more by going onto www.babyfriendly.org.uk

Time breastfeeding

For baby

For mother

First feed

Helps to stabilise baby’s blood sugars and protect baby’s gut

A great opportunity for the first skin-to skin cuddle

1 day

The antibodies in mother’s colostrum provide natural immunity from infection

Helps womb to contract towards normal size

2-3 days

Sticky black meconium is cleared more readily from baby’s bowel

Instant relief for hot,swollen breasts when your milk comes in

1 week

Transition to world outside womb is eased

Frequent feeds mean time to sit or lie down and for you to get to know each other

2 weeks

Food and drink always ready at the right temperature,adapting to the baby’s needs

Hormones help you get back to sleep after night feeds

4 weeks

For premature babies lower risk factors for heart disease in later life

Saves time sterilising and making up bottles

6 weeks

Half the risk of chest infection now and up to 7 years

Breastfeeding likely to be easier so more enjoyable and you can go out and about without bottle feeding equipment

2  months

Lower risk of food allergy at 3 years old if breastfed only

Reduced risk of ovarian cancer in later life

3 months

Five times less likely to get diarrhoea now and a reduced risk for the whole year

Fewer visits to GP as baby less often ill

4 months

Half the risk of ear infections; Less risk of asthma now and protection continues up to 6 years

Feeling of empowerment at having been responsible for growing your baby for four months

5 months

Five times lower risk of urinary tract infections

A lovely way to reconnect with the baby if you go to work

6 months

Lower risk of eczema now and up to 3 years old

Lower risk of osteoporosis in later life

1 year

Three times less risk of becoming obese at age 6 and a lower risk of heart disease as an adult

No need to buy formula at all,saving at least £450 this year

2 years

Likely to have higher average scores on intelligence tests

Risk of breast cancer reduced by 8%

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