World Breastfeeding Week August 1 — August 7 2022

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year across the world from August 1 — August 7. This global campaign aims to raise awareness about breastfeeding and its advantages.
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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)
  • obesity
  • cardiovascular disease in adulthood

Breastfeeding lowers your risk of:

  • breast cancer
  • ovarian cancer
  • osteoporosis (weak bones)
  • cardiovascular disease
  • obesity

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.

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