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Protect your baby 

Breast milk is the only natural food designed for your baby 

The benefits of breast milk and breastfeeding include:

  • breast milk contains all the nutrients the baby needs for around the first 6 months of life and helps to support their immune system
  • breast milk containing colostrum, which is full of antibodies that help protect your baby from any infections during initial feeds
  • mother’s milk production will adapt to the baby, the more often you feed the more milk you will produce
  • the complex composition of breast milk is constantly changing to meet the baby’s nutritional requirements
  • breastfeeding can strengthen the bond between you and your baby.

Benefits for your baby 

There are many benefits of breastfeeding for your baby, such as:

  • breast milk significantly contributes to the battle against weight and obesity
  • the prebiotic oligosaccharides found naturally in breast milk are special nutrients that can encourage the growth of friendly bacteria in the digestive system
  • protection against ear infections
  • protection against chest infections and wheezing
  • lower risk of diabetes
  • less risk of eczema
  • protection against diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and tummy upsets
  • better mental development
  • better mouth development and straighter teeth
  • nappies not as smelly

Benefits for the mother 

There are many benefits of breastfeeding for the mother, such as:

  • lower risk of ovarian cancer
  • lower risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer
  • stronger bones in later life
  • can assist with a faster return to pre-pregnancy figure. 

Breastfeeding support groups

Breastfeeding Buddies Drop-in Clinic

For additional breastfeeding advice contact:

Infant Feeding Team

Telephone:+44 1624 811837

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La Leche League Isle of Man

La Leche offer a friendly mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group from pregnancy through to weaning.

For more information contact:

Leader NameTelephone
Siobhan +44 1624 625 / +44 7624


Breastfeeding logo‘Breastfeeding welcome here’ scheme in the Isle of Man 

Look out for the 'Breastfeeding welcome here' logo. 

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