DO YOU KNOW THE BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING?

DO YOU KNOW THE BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING?

So many people are unaware of the benefits of breastfeeding. It’s something World Breastfeeding Week, being held this year from 1 to 7 August, is trying to change. This week aims to highlight the huge benefits for a baby’s health and welfare that breastfeeding brings plus the benefits to a mother’s health as well.

So, what are some of these benefits of breastfeeding?
•• Bonding – The skin-to-skin contact you have with your baby while breastfeeding is vital for bonding early on in life.
•• It’s healthy – Breastfeeding can protect your baby against all sorts of diseases, including infections, asthma, diabetes, eczema, SIDS, heart disease, celiac disease, and much more.
•• It’s free – It costs nothing to feed your baby, unless you express, in which case you’ll need some equipment for cleaning and preparation.
•• It’s good for mum too – Breastfeeding can help lower mum’s risk of developing cancer, osteoporosis, and more.
•• Convenience – No bottles and teats required; you’re always ready to go!
•• Natural Healer – Breast milk adapts if your baby is sick to act like a natural medicine.

While World Breastfeeding Week is about raising awareness of the benefits of breast milk, it is also about acknowledging that the demands on busy mothers these days means that not all mothers have the support they need to continue breastfeeding or feel that breastfeeding is an accessible option for them.

If you are in the above situation, know that you are not alone, help and support is available to you. Visit your GP, preferred ObGyn or call the Australian Breastfeeding Association Helpline on 1800 MUM 2 MUM.

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