The health benefits of breastfeeding

Many new moms want to be able to breastfeed and enjoy the close bond that comes from spending feeding time together. But sometimes mothers can find it difficult, so it’s important that as a new mother you feel supported and know the benefits of breastfeeding, so you can enjoy breastfeeding for longer. 

Health benefits for your baby

In a pre-term baby, breastfeeding can:


  • Reduce the risk of inflammation and infection of the tummy (known as necrotizing enterocolitis), a serious condition seen in premature babies
  • Help protect them from infection

In a full-term baby, breastfeeding can reduce the risk of:


  • Stomach bugs
  • Coughs and colds
  • Middle ear infections

It may also reduce the risk of:


  • Eczema
  • Childhood leukemia
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Breastfeeding while you wean your baby onto solid food may reduce the risk of food allergies.

Health benefits for you

Breastfeeding helps the womb return to its normal size and reduces bleeding.
Breastfeeding burns around 500 calories per day, so can help you lose any extra weight you gained during pregnancy.


Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.

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