The benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding offers numerous benefits to you and your baby. Read more on how to give your baby the best possible start.

Benefits for the mother

  • Breastfeeding is beneficial for your mood and creates an intense bond with your baby.
  • It also boosts your self confidence.
  • Breastfeeding allows you to more quickly familiarise yourself with your baby’s habits.
  • Mothers who breastfeed experience a faster and smoother post-partum recovery.
  • Breastfeeding is a free and easy way to feed your child: everything you need is at hand and your milk is always at the correct temperature.
  • Studies suggest that prolonged breastfeeding reduces the women’s risk of developing pre-menopausal breast and ovarian cancer.

Benefits for the baby

  • Breastfeeding protects your baby against respiratory, gastrointestinal and ear infections, among others.
  • Your breast milk is always perfectly designed to meet your baby’s nutritional needs.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to become overweight later in life.
  • Breast milk supports the optimal development of your infant’s brain and nervous system.
  • Breastfeeding lowers the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in babies.
  • Your breast milk exposes your baby to a wide variety of flavours.
  • Breastfeeding prevents against orthodontic problems by supporting good jaw and tooth development in babies.
Last edit: 26 September 2023