Why breastfeed?

There are many advantages and benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby. Here are some of the reasons why it is important for mums and babies.

  • Breast milk is the only natural food that adapts to meet your baby’s changing needs
  • Breast milk provides health benefits for both mum and baby. It protects your baby from infections and diseases
  • Infant formula doesn’t give your baby the same ingredients or provide the same protection
  • It’s available whenever your baby needs a feed and it’s the right temperature
  • It’s free. Feeding a baby on infant formula costs up to £1,000 a year
  • It gives you a great sense of achievement while developing a strong physical and emotional bond with your baby

Breastfed babies may have better:

  • Neurological development
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Blood pressure

Artificially fed babies are at greater risk of:

  • Respiratory Infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Ear infections
  • Eczema, asthma and wheezing
  • Childhood obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Childhood leukaemia
  • SIDS

Women who breastfeed are at lower risk of:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Hip fractures

Unicef have a section on their website so you can read more about the research on these issues.