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Benefits of Breast Feeding

Breast milk is the best food for babies because it:

**Is a complete food containing everything needed for the first half year of life**Satisfies both hunger and thirst, extra water is not needed

**Increases a baby’s resistance to infection and disease, protecting against diarrhoea, meningitis, pneumonia, Urinary Tract Infections, respiratory illnesses, and ear infections.**Provides protection from chronic diseases including crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, hodgkin’s disease, insulin dependent diabetes, and childhood lymphomas**Lessens the risk of allergy and food intolerance

Breastfeeding is good for mothers too because it:

**Is always convenient, cheap and always there when you need it**Is always fresh clean and safe**Quickly soothes a fussy, unhappy baby**Helps your uterus return to normal sooner after childbirth**Reduces future risk of osteoporosis and pre menopausal breast cancer**Gives you a chance to sit down during the day and rest as you breastfeed**Allows you to spend time with your baby**Less time taken off work in future caring for sick children **Makes you feel good because you know you are giving your baby the best possible start

Breastfeeding helps create a close and loving bond between you and your baby and can be a deeply satisfying experience for you both.

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