What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
According to the NHS, breastfeeding has long-term benefits for mothers and their babies, lasting right into adulthood. Any amount of breast milk has a positive effect, the longer the duration of breastfeeding, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits.
Breastfeeding can help to reduce your baby's risk of:
- infections, with fewer visits to hospital as a result
- diarrhea and vomiting, with fewer visits to hospital as a result
- sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- cardiovascular disease in adulthood
Breastfeeding lowers your risk of:
- breast cancer
- ovarian cancer
- osteoporosis (weak bones)
- cardiovascular disease
Further information, advice and support
For confidential information and support call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212 lines are open 9.30am – 9.30pm every day.