Why choose to breastfeed?
Breastfeeding has long-term benefits for your baby, lasting right into adulthood.
Breastfeeding reduces your baby's risk of:
- diarrhoea and vomiting
- infections, resulting in fewer hospital visits
- sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- childhood leukaemia
- cardiovascular disease in adulthood.
For women, not only is breastfeeding free, but it also reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis (weak bones), cardiovascular disease and obesity.
Breast milk is always the right temperature, clean and perfectly timed to infant's feeding needs, over the course of a single feed and as the baby grows.
We know that as many as 8 out of 10 women stop breastfeeding before they want to, so we want to support mums to continue breastfeeding for as long as they choose.
More information about breastfeeding and the benefits of breastfeeding can be found on the NHS website - Benefit of breastfeeding.