UK breastfeeding rates over the past 10 years indicate that, while there have been significant increases in breastfeeding initiation, early discontinuation rates remain high.
Breastfed babies have less chance of diarrhoea and vomiting and having to go to hospital as a result; have fewer chest and ear infections, less likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes and less chance of developing eczema. The NHS also recommends breastfeeding as being good for mothers as it lowers the risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer in later life and can help build a strong bond between mother and baby.
“Lots of mothers and babies take to breastfeeding pretty easily. But for many others, it doesn’t come naturally at all; for these mothers, having someone with the training, the skills, and perhaps most importantly the time to help them get it right, can make all the difference.”
La Leche League GB