It’s no secret that breastfeeding is great for baby. Did you know it’s great for moms, too? It’s true, there are breastfeeding benefits for both mom and baby.
How does breastfeeding benefit mom?
- Decreases breast cancer risk and may decrease the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.
- Reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
- It may lessen the severity of postpartum depression. Breastfeeding triggers the release of oxytocin (aka the "love hormone") and prolactin, hormones that help with relaxation and reduce stress.
- Burns extra calories, which may make it easier to lose weight after pregnancy.
- Helps your uterus return to its normal size and lessens bleeding you may experience after birth.
- Saves valuable time! No need to purchase, measure or mix formula, and no bottles to warm in the middle of the night.
- Is free - at least the breastmilk! Even if you are pumping, a good pump and accessories are less expensive than formula. (And you may even get your pump for free!)
- Is environmentally friendly.
Want to learn more? Here's what you can expect as a breastfeeding mom.
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