What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
It's best for babies
Breast milk provides your baby with all the nutrition they need in their first six months of life. Breastfeeding helps your baby to grow, providing them with all the goodness they need in these early years.
It supports their developing immune and digestive systems. Breastfeeding is also a great way for baby and mum to bond.
Breastfeeding nourishes baby
- The complete, and best nutrition for baby
- Helps to support important growth and development
- Entirely natural and easy to digest
- Can protect baby against some illnesses, allergies and health concerns
- Comforting and calming for baby
Breastfeeding nourishes mum too
Breastfeeding your baby is a wonderfully calming and comfortable time for them. It’s also a great way for mum to bond with her baby. Breast milk is the perfect food – it adapts to your baby’s needs, is always at the right temperature and it’s ready to go when mum is – there’s no need for any equipment or preparation time.
To be at your best for breastfeeding, it’s important to eat a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet – both before and during breastfeeding. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breast milk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed can be difficult. If you're thinking about bottle feeding your baby, always seek professional advice first – from your doctor, midwife or healthcare professional.