The Importance of Breastfeeding

In the first 1000 days, breastfeeding reduces your child’s chances of being obese.

Breastfeeding is a core part of “getting it right” in terms of nutrition in the frst 1,000 Days. The World Health Organisation, the Department of Health and the HSE recommend exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life and to continue breastfeeding until 2 years of age or above.

Breastfeeding is best for your baby now and benefits them throughout their whole life- helping to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, type-2 diabetes risk and obesity when they grow up.

Breastfed babies have also been shown to perform better in school tests in maths, reading and spelling when they are 10 years old.

There are many benefits for Mums too, including a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer and lower rates of obesity later on in life.

You need to take care of yourself while breastfeeding as it’s probably one of the most important jobs you’ll ever do. You’re providing the best nutrition for your baby so you need to make sure you’re getting all the nutrition you need during this special time.

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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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