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Why Breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your new baby and will provide them with antibodies to fight off illnesses. It also reduces your risk of breast, ovarian cancer and weak bones in later life. The benefits for you both are huge but breastfeeding is a skill you both need to learn so don't worry if it doesn't go perfectly to begin with.

There are lots of advantages to breastfeeding, for mums and babies including:

  • Breast milk is tailor-made for your baby. It always has the right mix of nutrients and is always the right temperature.
  • Importantly it also supports your baby’s immune system, providing constantly updated protection from infections you and your baby come in to contact with.

*Click Here* to read more about all of the advantages of breastfeeding.

All mums and babies will have a different breastfeeding experience. You can breastfeed your baby for as long as you want to. As well as feeding your baby, you might breastfeed for other reasons like comfort, your breasts feeling full, or just wanting to relax.

Breast milk can be given by expressing milk as well as directly from the breast. Any amount of breast milk is good for your baby’s health and wellbeing. 

Who Can Help?

If your baby is less than 28 days old you can contact your local midwifery team or you can contact the Healthy Child Programme at any time following your baby's birth by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

The Norfolk Healthy Child Programme has a team of infant feeding champions who can contact you by video call/telephone initially to discuss your questions and refer you to further help if required. All of our staff are trained to Unicef standards to provide you with the best possible breastfeeding support and advice.




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