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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 Posted under Breast Feeding

6 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mothers

6 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mothers

Breastfeeding as we all know is extremely beneficial for a baby, but do know you that breastfeeding has several benefits for the mother as well? Mothers would describe a successful breastfeeding relationship as one of the most emotionally gratifying experiences of one's life.
Do read on to know more about how breastfeeding positively impacts mothers.

1) Breastfeeding is a unique emotional bond between a mother and a baby. Breastfeeding is something which only and only the mother can do for her offspring, therefore there is a sense of exclusivity and importance that the mother feels at this point. It creates a very powerful emotional as well as a physical bond between a mother and a baby.

2) During the process of breastfeeding, the mother tends to release a hormone called oxytocin, which helps the uterus to contract.    Therefore the more she breastfeeds, the more and the faster the uterus will contract and shrink back to it's normal shape and size. This will call for quicker recovery of the mother post childbirth. The added benefit here is that her 'mommy tummy' will shrink back quicker, resulting in her getting back to her pre-pregnancy shape and size much faster.

3) Research show us that mothers who have breastfed their infants have a reduced rate of breast and ovarian cancer.

4) Breastfeeding is said to provide protection against several diseases. When they say childbirth makes a woman stronger, they don't just mean one's pain bearing capacity. Research shows us that mothers who have breastfed have some kind of protection against diseases such as type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.

5) Breastfeeding may lower one's risk of developing osteoporosis. According to research, mothers who have breastfed for at least 6 months are at a lower risk of developing postmenopausal osteoporosis. The human body is said to have denser bones post the lactation period than before pregnancy.

6) Breastfeeding is budget friendly! New moms are overburdened not just with a new little baby to look after, but also with the added expense of a whole new person. If you plan to breastfeed, then you will save a huge amount of money which otherwise you would have spent on formula, feeding equipment, bottles, etc.