There are many good reasons for mothers to breastfeed – for the health of their child and themselves.
Breast milk is the most nutritious food for babies. It also protects from infection, allergies, some chronic diseases and childhood cancers, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Breastfeeding allows eye-to-eye contact and physical closeness, strengthening the bond between the child and mother.
Breastfeeding is linked to lower levels of stress and fewer negative moods. It can help with post-pregnancy recovery and, over the long term, lowers the risk of obesity, osteoporosis and breast and ovarian cancer.
Breastfeeding helps to develop stronger sense of bonding with their babies.
The benefits of breastfeeding are clear; the challenge is to find ways to support mothers to make the choice to breastfeed.