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Breastfeeding

Support and advice about breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a natural way to feed a baby. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about the first six months and continued breastfeeding alongside other foods for at least the first year.

This will give your baby the best start in life. Any amount of your breast milk will always be good for your baby’s health and wellbeing.

Somerset Positive About Breastfeeding Award is being given to venues that have made a significant commitment to uphold the rights of mothers by supporting their choice to feed their baby how and wherever they choose. 

Find out more and download your copy of Somerset Positive About Breastfeeding guide for mums.

Breastfeeding helps protect baby against

  • Asthma
  • Breast cancer
  • Coughs
  • Diabetes
  • Severe diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Chest infections
  • Eczema
  • Sudden Infant Death (cot death)
  • Syndrome Ear infections
  • Obesity

Breastfeeding also protects mums from ovarian cancer, osteoporosis (weak bones in later life) and obesity (helps you lose weight).

You can find out more on the Somerset Children & Young People Health & Wellbeing website

There’s also information on NHS Choices and the Start 4 life website

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