Health benefits associated with breastfeeding are now more widely recognised.

Breastfeeding is ideally suited for babies’ health, growth and development. It means that they receive the vital immunity they need to protect them against illness. 

Breastmilk promotes the growth of babies’ nerves, brains and gut with special factors that are not present in any other milk.

The composition of breastmilk changes during a feed, between feeds and as the baby grows, to provide for all their needs.

The nutritional and health benefits of breastfeeding continue not only for as long as children are breastfed but throughout life.

You will find more information on these health benefits in the related documents section below.

NCT is one of the authors of a UNICEF-funded report published in December 2012 which shows that investing in breastfeeding support in the UK could save the NHS millions of pounds. For more information on this UK study can be found here.