Benefits of Breastfeeding: Benefits for Moms

The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous.  Breastfeeding gives our babies a healthy start in life, and it gives mothers many health benefits as well.  Studies are overwhelmingly positive about the direct physical and emotional benefits moms get from breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is linked to lowered risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes and osteoporosis.  Skin-to-skin contact from breastfeeding produces the “closeness hormone” oxytocin, which promotes emotional health and reduces post-partum depression.  Breastfeeding mothers also tend to return to their pre-baby weight faster.

Happy Mommy & BabyThere are also many indirect benefits of breastfeeding.  Because a nursing mother’s baby has a stronger immune system, the entire family is likely to get sick less.  Being sick less often saves families, and society, a great deal of money over the course of the family’s lifetime.  Speaking of money, breastfeeding is also a more economical option overall!

 

Breastfeeding is a gift to your child and yourself.  Take the time to relax and enjoy your healthy breastfeeding habit.  It is one addiction all doctors recommend!

Comments

  1. Hi! By the way, August is the Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Breastfeeding is the best way to give your baby all that she needs, cinluding a boost in the immune system! I always try to spread the word about the benefits of breast milk. Thank you!