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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

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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