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 on the Somerset Positive About Breastfeeding website

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 and Young People Health and Wellbeing website

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