Thinking about breastfeeding?

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"When Callum was born, Gemma needed more space, began to settle down. She needed her own space to be a family."

Thinking about breastfeeding?

Breast milk gives babies all the nutrients they need for the first six months of life and helps protect them from infection and diseases. As a mother, it will also reduce your chances of getting certain diseases later in life. Breastfeeding allows you and your baby to get closer – physically and emotionally. So while your child is feeding, the bond between you can grow stronger. It’s also cheaper and less fuss – you don’t need to take any equipment with you when you go out!

If you are thinking about breastfeeding, talk to your midwife, who can give you more information about the practicalities. You can also look online at nhs.uk/start4life/breastfeeding. The Breastfeeding helpline is run by mums with experience of breastfeeding – ring them for one to one advice if you are struggling. For local breastfeeding support go to treasurechest.org.uk. You can also get breastfeeding support from your local Children’s Centre – see here for more information.