Health benefits of breastfeeding

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Health benefits of breastfeeding

Your breast milk makes a big difference to both your baby’s health and yours. Breast milk helps protect your baby from tummy upsets, ear infections and respiratory infections, and may reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity and cot death.

Your breast milk makes a big difference to both your baby’s health and yours.

Breast milk helps protect your baby from tummy upsets, ear infections and respiratory infections, and may reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity and cot death.

If you have family or whānau who suffer from food allergies, breastfeeding may reduce the chance of your baby developing allergies.

It helps your body recover after the birth, and can help reduce the weight gained in pregnancy.   Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Breastfeeding keeps you and your baby close and helps your baby feel safe and loved. 

 

This page last reviewed 30 May 2013.
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