By now you are aware of the many benefits of breastfeeding for babies. These include natural immunization, increased brain development and other benefits that are still being discovered. But how does breastfeeding affect Mom’s health? Turns out, nature provides some nice rewards to Mom’s who breastfeed.
First, breastfeeding makes many mothers feels good. The release of hormones (prolactin and oxytocin) gives many a sense of peace and happiness. This may be why so many women who breastfed their first child choose to breastfeed their next babies.
Next, science is still learning about all the health benefits, but here are some that studies have already shown:
- Women who breastfeed are able to bounce back more quickly after childbirth. One of the hormones released during breastfeeding also helps the uterus recover and reduces postpartum bleeding.
- Mothers who have breastfed have reduced rates of breast and ovarian cancer later.
- Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease.
- Moms who only breastfeed baby in the early months delay the return of menstrual periods which can delay the next pregnancy among other perks
If those reasons aren’t enough for women to consider breastfeeding, there are some added bonuses too. Formula is expensive so breastfeeding Moms save a lot of money. Night feedings are easier when you don’t have to prep a bottle. Breastfeeding moms don’t need to pack a bottle and feeding supplies when they go out with their babies. Finally, not using plastic bottles or having empty formula cans is better for the planet.
The best benefit of all for Moms who breastfeed is bonding with their babies while knowing that they are doing the very best thing for them.
The information obtained from Healthychildren.org which is powered by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Visit their website for more information about breastfeeding and lots of tips for raising healthy kids.