Breastfeeding – What you should know before you begin

The first 1000 days of your baby’s life there will be lots of decisions and choices to make, to ensure they are getting the best start in life, both physically and emotionally. One of the best decisions you can make at this time is to choose to breastfeed your baby.

If you are reading this and are breastfeeding your baby, well you probably are aware of the many benefits for both of you and hopefully you are enjoying this exciting stage of your baby’s life.

However, if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, and need more information about breast feeding, then you have come to the right place! Breastfeeding is a great start for your baby – providing them with tailored nutrition, on demand, day or night and it’s free of charge! However, the benefits go beyond convenience and cost – the health benefits of breastfeeding apply to both Mum and baby and are far-reaching, lasting long after the breastfeeding journey has ended.

Did you know?…. Breastfeeding is good for your baby:

*Breast milk is easy to digest and provides the perfect balance of protein, fat and carbohydrate for your growing baby

*Breast milk contains antibodies to support your baby’s immune system and has antiseptic properties

*Breastfeeding reduces the risk of conditions such as eczema and asthma

*Breastfeeding your baby for 6 months or more can reduce their risk of being overweight in later life by half.

*Breastfeeding fosters good dental health with less risk of tooth decay in breastfed babies

Did you know?…. Breastfeeding is good for you:

*Breast milk is always available, meaning you can just take baby with you on the go without worrying.

*Breastfeeding can help natural weight loss by burning between 500 and 600 calories per day.

*Breastfeeding lowers the risk of post-menopausal breast and ovarian cancer.

*Breastfeeding can also reduce your risk of osteoporosis, diabetes and high blood pressure when you are older.

First 1000 Days Team

Our expert team of dietitians and nutritionists have created lots of articles, tips, advice and recipes all about the importance of good nutrition to help you give your baby the healthiest possible start in life.

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