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Reasons to breastfeed!I'm still breastfeeding my 15 month old and loving it!!
These are just some of the ways that breastfeeding makes a difference to both mothers and babies
The first feed.
For baby: Helps to stabilise baby’s blood sugars and protect baby’s gut.
For mama: A great opportunity for the first skin to skin cuddle.
For baby: The antibodies in your colostrum provide natural immunity from infection.
For mama: Helps womb to contract towards normal size.
For baby:Sticky black meconium is cleared more readily from baby’s bowel.
For mama: Instant relief for hot, swollen breasts when your milk comes in.
For baby: Transition to world outside womb is eased.
For mama: Frequent feeds means time to sit or lie down and for you and your baby to get to know each other.
For baby: Food and drink always ready at the right temperature, adapting to baby’s needs.
For mama: Hormones help you get back to sleep after night feeds.
For baby: For premature babies lower risk factors for heart disease in later life.
For mama: Saves time sterilising and making up bottles.
For baby: Half the risk of chest infections now and up to seven years old.
For mama: Breastfeeding likely to be easier and you can go out and about without bottle feeding equipment.
For baby: Lower risk of food allergy at three years old if breastfed only.
For mama: Reduced risk of ovarian cancer in later life for mother.
For baby: Five times less likely to get diarrhoea now and a reduced risk for the whole year.
For mama: Fewer visits to GP as baby less often ill.
For baby: Half the risk of ear infections. Reduced risk of asthma now and protection continues up to six years.
For mama: Feeling of empowerment at having been solely responsible for growing your baby to four months.
For baby: Five times lower risk of urinary tract infections.
For mama: A lovely way to reconnect with your baby if you go back to work.
For baby: Lower risk of eczema now and up to six years old.
For mama: Less risk of osteoporosis in the long term for mother.
For baby: Three times less risk of becoming obese by age six and a lower risk of heart disease as an adult.
For mama: No need to buy formula milk at all, saving at least £450 this year.
For baby: Likely to have higher than average scores on intelligence tests. Expect fewer visits to orthodontist when your baby is a teenager.
For mama: Risk of breast cancer reduced by eight per cent for mother.