Benefits for baby | breastfedbabies

Baby boy

Specific health benefits for your baby include less risk of:

  • stomach infections, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • ear and chest infections
  • kidney infections
  • cow's milk allergy, asthma and eczema
  • childhood diabetes
  • childhood obesity

Breastfed babies also benefit from better mental development than babies fed on formula milk. Research into the benefits of breastfeeding is continuing, but some studies have suggested that breastfeeding may even continue to protect children’s health when they grow up, making them less prone to conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Key research reports on the importance of breastfeeding to health include: