Breastfeeding: Benefits for Babies

Early breast milk is called colostrum, and is rich in antibodies and nutrients that help a baby's immature immune and digestion systems. Colostrum is present in very small amounts, but this is actually perfect for babies as they have very small tummies when they are born. as your milk comes in, your breast milk changes as your baby grows and it becomes slightly more watery and plentiful, to match your baby's growing size. By the time your milk comes in, it has the right amount of fat, carbohydrate, water and protein to help your baby continue to grow. 

Breast milk is easy to digest - and hence, you'll find your breastfed baby will want to feed more often. This is a good thing, as it helps to regulate your body make enough milk.

Breast milk helps your baby fight infections. This is because any infections – such as a cold – that you may have, you will form antibodies to. These antibodies will be present in your breastmilk and will help to protect your baby.

Breastfed babies experience fewer digestive concerns such as diarrhoea and constipation.

They also experience fewer health issues such as respiratory infections, asthma, eczema, allergies, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. They are less likely to miss days from school owing to infections, so there is a social and educational benefit too.

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