Breastfeeding Benefits for Moms

Posted by GPWHC on 28 August 2017

We are all aware of the numerous benefits of breastfeeding. Breast milk supplies your baby optimal nutrition. It’s readily available, easy to digest, and has the right amount of nutrients a growing baby needs. Actually, breast milk is pretty amazing, not only does it contain everything a baby needs in all the right proportions, the composition of breast milk changes according to your baby’s individual needs, and is full of antibodies that help prevent illness. Breastfeeding benefits your newborn in so many ways, but what about the great benefits for the nursing moms?

Lose Baby Weight

If you’re like most new moms, you are carrying around extra baby weight. Did you know that breastfeeding can actually help you lose that weight? It’s true, when you are breastfeeding you are burning extra calories, and this can help you lose pregnancy weight faster.

Helps Uterus Contract

After delivery, breastfeeding helps your uterus return to its normal size and also reduces bleeding you may experience. When you nurse, a hormone called oxytocin is released, and this helps your uterus contract and return back to its normal size, in about six weeks as compared to ten weeks in non-breastfeeding moms. Breastfeeding moms also report recovering from childbirth more quickly and easily.

Lower Depression

Mothers who breastfeed have been shown to have lower levels of depression. Breastfeeding can help mothers relax and reduce stress. Oxytocin, the same hormone responsible for helping your uterus contract, is released which helps moms relax and feel good.

Reduces Risk For Disease

Breastfeeding can keep moms healthy by reducing their risk for many diseases. Studies have shown that women who have breastfed experience reduced rates of breast cancer. Research shows that the longer a mother breastfeeds, the lower her risk of developing breast cancer. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer.

Saves Time & Money

Once in a good feeding routine, breastfeeding moms will see how easy and convenient breastfeeding is. It’s always fresh, readily available, and there’s no formula to mix or bottles to worry about. On average, it costs around $1,200 a year to formula-feed your baby. Breastfeeding can save money over time since there’s no need to purchase formula.

Breastfeeding provides a unique bonding experience for nursing moms and their baby. The benefits for both baby and mom are numerous. Take some time to sit down, relax and nurse your baby knowing you are giving him exactly what he needs. If you have questions about breastfeeding, contact the caring providers at Great Plains Women’s Health Center for information and resources.

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