Why should I breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby. Your milk has all the fats, vitamins and minerals he needs to grow and be protected against disease. A baby who has breastmilk gets sick much less than other babies. It also helps him recover faster when he does get ill!

Your body knows exactly how to care for your baby. As your baby grows, the milk you make will change to suit him. Your body will also make the right amount of milk for your baby. If you keep breastfeeding, your baby will always have what he needs.

Breastfeeding also acts as a type of contraception. By feeding your baby only breastmilk for six months, you can help to delay your period. This only works if you breastfeed whenever your baby wishes, during the day and night. And if you don't feed him anything else.

Your milk is perfect for your baby. So give him the best start in life by breastfeeding.

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