The benefits of breastfeeding for both mum and baby

by Oliver Birk |

'Breast is best' is a phrase you’ll hear many times as a new mum – and for good reason. As well as providing some amazing health benefits for baby, breastfeeding is good for you, too.

As well as being available to feed your baby whenever and wherever you want, it’s also great for bonding with your baby as it produces oxytocin – aka the love hormone.

Still, if you need any more reasons to give breastfeeding a go, there are plenty of other benefits, including some more surprising ones, for both you and your child.

Benefits of breastfeeding:

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1) It’s milk designed for your baby

Breast milk is the only natural food designed for your baby. While formula milk can provide adequate nourishment, breast milk contains a powerful cocktail of hormones, living cells, enzymes and antibodies, which help protect your baby from infections and diseases.

In fact, a study by The Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group at the University of Western Australia, suggests that breast milk contains no less than 415 individual proteins – created by humans for humans, each one has a purpose for your growing baby.

Pretty incredible, huh?

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