It is free, safe and environmentally friendly. It is also ready for use at a moment's notice, making breastfeeding very convenient.
- Breastmilk is easily digested and very unlikely to cause your baby to become constipated, which formula can do.
- It changes as your baby's needs change. The amount of milk and its composition (what it is made up of) changes according to the time of day, how often you breastfeed and the age of your baby. This happens automatically to promote healthy growth of your pēpi.
- Breastfeeding helps protect your baby against infections, eg, gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses. The first milk (colostrum) is particularly high in the mother's protective antibodies. There's even evidence that breastfeeding mothers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 can pass along antibodies to the virus through their breastmilk. These antibodies may help protect your baby if they are still too young for the vaccine.
- It reduces the risk of allergies and asthma.