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Mother's Milk: The Start of Something Special

Ten Good Reasons to Breastfeed

1 Breastmilk is the perfect food

it provides everything your baby needs, in the quantities it needs it, for the first sixth months of its life (DoH website, NBAW 2001)

2 Itís the healthiest option for your baby

your baby has a lower risk of gastro-enteritis, respiratory, unirary tract and ear infections, eczema and childhood diabetes (, 101 reasons to your child)

3 Itís the healthiest option for you

you have a lower risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer

(, 101 reasons to breastfeed your child)

4 Itís convenient

itís always available and instantly at the right temperature

5 Itís free

in fact it saves you an estimated £450 across a year

6 It saves the nation money

itís estimated that the NHS spends at least £35million per year treating gastro-enteritis in bottle-fed babies in England (Breastfeeding: Good Practice Guidance to the NHS, Department of Health 1995.

7 Breastfed babies have higher IQs

A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that breastfed infants tested 5.2 IQ points higher than bottlefed infants

8. Breastfed babies are less likely to be obese as adults (DoH website, NBAW 2000)

9 Itís more environmentally friendly

10 Women who breastfeed regain their figures sooner than women who bottlefeed.

Breastmilk is produced and delivered to the consumer without any pollution, unnecessary packaging or waste

When your body is making breastmilk it burns about 500 calories a day