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Why Breastfeed?



It really soothes and comforts my baby when I breastfeed her
Aisha, Dublin
Breastfeeding helped me to lose my baby weight. Happy days!
Niamh, Kilkenny
Breastfeeding means that I never have to worry if I am delayed anywhere with my baby because I have everything he needs. I never have to carry bottles
Cathy, Donegal
I know I am protecting my baby’s health now and into the future
Nicki, Offaly

Breastfeed is important for your baby health and for your health too, both now and in the future. In fact, given the choice, it is very likely that all babies would choose to be breastfed..

Breastmilk – all the Nourishment your Baby needs

Breastmilk is so easy for your baby to digest. Your breastmilk is specially designed for your baby, so he can grow and develop to his full potential.
Breastfeeding also provides instant food when babies are hungry and instant comfort when babies are distressed.
Your body will produce all the milk your baby needs for the first 6 months. No water or other fluids are needed. From 6 months you can start your baby on solid foods. You can continue to breastfeed until your baby is 2 years or older, or until your baby chooses to wean.

Breastfeeding even for a short time will help to protect your baby’s health. The longer you breastfeed the greater the health protection, so breastfeed as long as you can.

Good Health begins with Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding protects your baby’s health and your health.

Breastmilk is important for your baby’s healthy growth and development and it protects his digestive system. It contains antibodies to protect your baby from illness and build his immune system. Breastfeeding is also important for your baby’s brain development.

Research shows that children who are not breastfed:

  • are more likely to develop ear, nose and throat infections
  • are more likely to develop gastroenteritis (vomiting & diarrhoea)
  • are more likely to develop kidney and chest infections
  • have a greater risk of asthma and eczema
  • have a greater risk of obesity and of developing diabetes, and
  • have an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome

 

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