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