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There are many good reasons for mothers to breastfeed – for the health of their child and themselves.

For children: 

  • 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.  

For mothers: 

  • 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.