Health Benefits for You

Breastfeeding doesn't only benefit your baby. It benefits your health too. Breastfeeding is good for mums as it:

  • can help to build a strong bond between you and your baby
  • naturally uses up to 500 calories a day (you may be able get into those jeans again earlier)
  • You don’t need to buy any special equipment to breastfeed It's free– infant formula, the sterilising equipment and feeding equipment can cost a lot of money
  • lowers your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer

Exclusive breastfeeding can also delay the return of your periods. For more information on contraception, go to the Love, Sex and contraception session.

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