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Breastfeeding is a completely natural way of feeding your baby and it has health benefits for both mother and child.

Today, most women in England are choosing to breastfeed because:

  • breast milk is the only natural food designed for your baby
  • breastfeeding protects your baby from infections and diseases
  • breast milk provides health benefits for your baby
  • breastfeeding provides health benefits for you
  • it is free
  • it is available whenever and wherever your baby needs a feed
  • it is the right temperature
  • it can build a strong physical and emotional bond between you and your baby
  • it can give you a great sense of achievement

For more information on breastfeeding benefits, tips, and support if you are having problems, visit the Breastfeeding guide.

Medical Review: October 10, 2010

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