Benefits of Breastfeeding Past 6 Months
The longer you breastfeed, the more health benefits you and baby will have!
For mom, that includes a reduced risk for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Research has shown that the longer a woman breastfeeds, the less likely she is to get these conditions or diseases, or the less severe it will be. While breastfeeding doesn’t make you immune from these conditions, it does significantly reduce your risk.
Did you know?
- Women who lactate for a total of two or more years reduce their chances of developing breast cancer.
- Women who breastfeed their children have been shown to be less likely to develop uterine, endometrial or ovarian cancer.
- Breastfeeding releases oxytocin, which causes the uterus to return to its normal size more quickly, and reduces postpartum depression.
So, keep going, Mom! We are here to support you. You are doing an amazing job for you and your baby, and it gets better the longer you do it!