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Benefits

 

For the Baby!

 

There are many ways that breastfeeding is helpful to both yourself and your baby.

 

Breastfeeding is recommended as the best way to feed your baby but it is your choice. Why is it so highly recommended?

 

What exactly makes breast milk so great?

 

Well, take a look at the facts for yourself…

 

Breastfed babies have less chance of:

 

  • Cot death (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Developing digestive problems including constipation
  • Suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Fewer chest and ear infections
  • Becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes
  • Developing allergies such as eczema and wheezing (asthma).

 

For You

 

For you!

 

But if you think it is ONLY about the baby, you are mistaken. Breastfeeding has benefits for YOU as well. Some of these are:

 

  • A Lower risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer
  • Providing protection against arthritis (rheumatoid)
  • Lowering risk of hip fractures and bone density (osteoporosis)
  • Saves money (upto £1000 per year) by not buying artificial baby milk (formula)
  • Saves time as no need to make feeds with artificial baby milk
  • Develop a stronger bond which is lasting
  • Weight loss due to breastfeeding using up an extra 500 calories a day
  • Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
  • As a busy mum it allows you to relax and enjoy time with your baby.

 

As you can see, the benefits of breastfeeding are amazing!

Choosing to Breastfeed

 

Choosing to Breastfeed?

 

If you have decided that you will breastfeed, it is suggested that you do this exclusively, only giving breast milk to your baby, for at least the first six months (26 weeks) of your baby’s life.

 

How long to breastfeed for?

 

Any amount of breastfeeding is beneficial to your baby. The longer that you are able to breastfeed, the greater the benefits since breast milk is specifically designed for your baby to help them continue to grow and develop.

 

Why is it more beneficial than artificial baby milk?

 

Your breast milk adapts to the ever changing needs of your baby. It also contains hundreds of protective ingredients and nutrients that are not able to be replicated in artificial milk which offers the best possible protection against illness and infections to the baby.

Last Updated: Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:43

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