Breastfeeding benefits for the mother

Learn about the main benefits of breastfeeding

You know that breast milk is the ideal food for your baby, but did you know that breastfeeding also brings many short-and long-term benefits to your health?

From more time without menstruation to cancer prevention and postpartum depression, and saving thousands of dollars a year, breast milk is also ideal for the mother. These are your greatest benefits:

Early postpartum recovery
Breastfeeding helps increase the levels of the hormone oxytocin, which helps you reduce postpartum bleeding and contract your uterus, so your body will return to normal sooner.

Postpartum depression Protection
The hormone oxytocin also relates to the emergence of positive feelings, such as love, attachment and happiness. Elevated levels of this hormone during breastfeeding make you less prone to postpartum depression, and by the way helps you establish maternal attachment with your baby.

Health Benefits
During pregnancy your bones are weakened, as your nutrients will first meet your child’s needs. Breastfeeding helps bring those minerals back to your bones (bone remineralization). In the long term, this also contributes to reducing the possibility of hip fractures in menopause, suffering from osteoporosis and arthritis. According to Dr. William Sears, author of “The Breastfeeding book,” Women Who do not breastfeed have a four-fold risk of osteoporosis.

Lower risk of some types of cancer
Breastfeeding mothers are less likely to have ovarian, uterus, and breast cancer. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your chances of getting breast cancer are reduced by 4.3% every year you give breast, and the more years of your life you do (with different babies), is greater the benefit.

More time without your menstruation
Breastfeeding postpones ovulation. Mothers who breastfeed exclusively take months to menstruate again, in some cases, up to more than a year. Instead, women who opt for artificial feeding re-menstruate between six and eight weeks after childbirth.

Largest Iron Reserve
Because you do not have menstruation for months, your body maintains a higher level of iron (during menstruation you lose your reserves). This prevents anemia and improves the quality of your breast milk.

Contraceptive effect
Breastfeeding delays ovulation, and therefore is between 98% and 99% effective to prevent pregnancies in the first six months postpartum, which allows your body to recover from pregnancy. The duration of this benefit depends on how long you amamantes and how much your baby consumes.

Price
Breast milk is free and the price of the baby formula is quite high. In a year, breastfeeding can save you between $54 and $198 per month (depending on the brand you use). The total amount may be more than $2,300 per year in formula. Add the bottles, sterilized water and other implements that you use to prepare the artificial milk and keep the necessary items.

Weight
Breastfeeding consumes between 450 and 500 calories a day, which helps you lose weight more quickly after pregnancy.

No Need for preparation
Breast milk is always ready and available. It does not require preparation or special containers, it is always at the ideal temperature and your baby decides the amount you need.

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