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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.

1 day  
For baby:  The antibodies in your colostrum provide natural immunity from infection.
For mama: Helps womb to contract towards normal size.

2-3 days
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.

1 week
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.

2 weeks
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.

4 weeks
For baby:  For premature babies lower risk factors for heart disease in later life.
For mama:  Saves time sterilising and making up bottles.

6 weeks
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.

2 months
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.

3 months
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.

4 months
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.

5 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.

6 months
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.

1 year
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.

2 years
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.

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