The Department Of Health and the World Health Organisation both recommend exclusive breastfeeding during your baby’s first six months, and that breastfeeding continues supplemented with solid food after six months. But why?
Best for your baby
For starters, breast milk is packed with essential nutrients. It’s easy for your baby to digest, and it strengthens your baby’s immune system and provides protection against tummy bugs and ear infections.
Best for you too
Breastfeeding not only provides long-term heath benefits to your baby, it’s good for you too. Not only does it help you get rid of any extra baby weight, it also helps protect against conditions such as osteoporosis and breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.
Quick and convenient
When you breastfeed, there’s no need for bottles and a sterilizer – you can do it wherever you are and whenever your baby is hungry. Breast milk is ready for your baby any time she needs it, and it’s always the perfect temperature. That’s why it’s worth persevering, even if you’re having difficulties in the early days.