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Reasons to breastfeed

Reasons to breastfeed

Did you know that most women in Wolverhampton breastfeed their babies?

There are many reasons why they choose to do so, for the benefit of their baby and themselves, find out more in our leaflet 'reasons to breastfeed'.

Click here to view the NHS Choices webpage “Why breastfeed”

Click here for links to leaflets and sources of other information on the importance of breastfeeding for mother and baby.

You, your friends and family might also find it useful to watch this short video, “Human Milk, Tailor-Made For Tiny Humans” explaining why breastfeeding is of such value to you and your baby.

To find out more, why not come along to one of our breastfeeding antenatal sessions? For details see our Information about feeding your baby webpage.

Breastmilk and formula - what's the difference?

To help you make an informed decision about how to feed your baby, it’s good to have the facts about the differences between breastmilk and formula.

Breast milk is tailor made for human babies and contains everything they need, including water, fat, protein, carbohydrate, minerals and vitamins. In addition, breastmilk contains other important factors that cannot be replicated or manufactured, such as hormones, enzymes, growth factors, essential fatty acids, immunological and protective factors plus varying flavours. Breastmilk constantly changes to meet your baby’s unique needs, so varies from feed to feed and from day to day, providing just the right amount of everything that your baby needs with every breastfeed.

Infant Formula is made from cow’s milk which has been processed to make it suitable for babies, and may also contain ingredients such as soya protein, vegetable oils, inositol, antioxidants and fish oils. There are several brands of infant formula but they all contain very similar ingredients.

To see the difference between what’s naturally found in breastmilk and the ingredients of formula, view our “Are breastmilk and formula the same?” poster – the differences may amaze you!

Breastfeeding in Wolverhampton
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