4 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Moms

We often speak about the emotional rewards of breastfeeding: how it helps mothers and babies bond and de-stress. Breastfeeding provides high rewards that extend beyond the emotional realm or even the nutritional benefits for babies. Moms receive several physical and practical advantages. 
 
  1. Uterus Involution. Breastfeeding helps the uterus shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size. Breastfeeding triggers the release of a hormone called oxytocin. This causes the uterus to contact and shrink, and may decrease the amount of postpartum bleeding.

  2. Weight Management. Breastfeeding may make it easier to lose the weight moms gained during pregnancy. Some estimates suggest that exclusive breastfeeding can burn about 500 calories per day.

  3. Health Risk Reduction! Breastfeeding may reduce the mom’s risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, type-2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

  4. Convenience. Moms can feed their babies anytime, anywhere. When traveling or on-the-go during a fast-paced week, it’s nice to not have to worry about mixing formula or preparing bottles. Breastfeeding can also be a source of comfort for babies when new environments or schedule changes disrupt their normal routines.

Sources: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the CDC

 

Expectant moms who are interested in learning more about breastfeeding can register for a class with our internationally board certified lactation counselor, Libbie Stroud, by emailing breastfeeding@nflwc.com

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