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Why is it important to breastfeed?
Breastfeeding a baby exclusively for the first 6 months, and then continued breastfeeding in addition to appropriate solid foods until 12 months and beyond, has health benefits for both the mother and child.
Research shows that breastfeeding has significant health benefits for mothers.
Breastfeeding: assists the uterus return to its pre-pregnant state faster, can help women to lose weight after baby’s birth, reduces the risk of ovarian cancer and pre-menopausal breast cancer, reduces the risk of osteoporosis and reduces the risk of mothers with gestational diabetes developing Type 2 diabetes.
Babies who are fed breast milk have a lower risk of: gastro-intestinal (gut) illness, allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, some childhood cancers, respiratory tract (chest) infections, urinary tract infections and SIDS (cot death).
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