Benefits of Breastfeeding

Why Breastfeed?

Mum's milk gives your baby all the nutrients they need for around the first 6 months of life (and it's important beyond 6 months too).

Breastfeeding helps to protect your baby from infections and other diseases, and as a mum, it also reduces your chances of getting some illnesses later in life.

Find out why breastfeeding has been shown to be the healthiest feeding choice for Babies and Mums

Benefits for You

As a breastfeeding Mum you are at less risk of

  • Ovarian Cancer

  • Breast Cancer

  • Weak bones later in life

Read more in the World Health Organisation (WHO) report  on the Long-term Effects of Breastfeeding (PDF) or on NHS Choices - Benefits of Breastfeeding

Benefits for Your Baby

A breastfed baby is less likely to get:

  • Diarrhea, tummy upsets and gastroenteritis
  • Ear, chest and urine infections
  • Eczema, asthma and allergies
  • Childhood diabetes
  • Obesity

Adults who were breastfed are at less risk of:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
Benefits for Everyone

Breastfeeding is free; there is no need to buy any other feeding equipment.

Breastfeeding also puts less strain on the environment as there is no packaging, draining of resources or pollution involved.

Bottle feeding your baby artificial formula does not provide the same nutrients as breast milk and does not protect your baby from infection or disease.

What Do Mums Say?

Hear from new mums about their breastfeeding experiences and why they chose to breastfeed

My Breastfeeding Experiences