Why choose to breastfeed

Breastfeeding has long-term benefits for your baby, lasting right into adulthood. Breastfeeding reduces your baby's risk of:

  • infections, with fewer visits to hospital as a result
  • diarrhoea and vomiting, with fewer visits to hospital as a result
  • sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • childhood leukaemia
  • obesity
  • cardiovascular disease in adulthood.

For women, breastfeeding reduces the risks of breast and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis (weak bones), cardiovascular disease and obesity.

Breast milk is always the right temperature, clean and perfectly timed to infants’ feeding needs, over the course of a single feed and as the baby grows. It is also free to breastfeed.

More information on the benefits of breastfeeding can be found on the NHS website.

Seven out of 10 women in Derby give their baby breastmilk when they are born. However at six weeks, only four out of 10 babies are still receiving breastmilk.

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.

Culturally it was normal for me, I grew up in a Black African culture around lots of people breastfeeding.
- Moud, mum to a 5 month old baby girl, Becket Breastfeeding Group

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