Boots WebMD Partners in Health
Return To Boots

Newborn & baby health centre

Introduction

NHS ChoicesMedical Reference

NHS Choices Logo

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

Children's health newsletter

Tips to inspire healthy habits
Sign Up Now!

WebMD Video: Now Playing

How to change your baby

How to change your baby

Changing time? Watch how to change your baby’s nappy like a pro!

Popular Slideshows & Tools on Boots WebMD

woman looking at pregnancy test
Early pregnancy symptoms
donut on plate
The truth about sugar addiction
woman holding hair
Natural help for dry or damaged hair
woman in bikini
Get ready for swimsuit season
hand extinguishing cigarette
13 best tips to stop smoking
Immune-boosting foods
The role of diet
79x79_not_good_for_you.jpg
18 secrets men want you to know
boy looking at broccoli
Quick tips for feeding picky eaters
hamburger and fries
A guide for beginners
salmon dinner
A diet to boost your mood & energy
polka dot dress on hangar
Lose weight without dieting