Breastfeeding has benefits for both, you and your baby. Not only does it provide your baby with the most nutritionally complete food possible, but it’s also good for you. Here are few pointers that helps you understand how breastfeeding helps you.
Experts point out that besides being the best choice of nutrition for your baby, breastfeeding also helps you by:
Stimulating hormone production. Besides helping release the milk from your breasts, the hormone oxytocin will cause your uterus to contract and return to its pre-pregnancy size more quickly. It will also reduce the amount of postpartum bleeding so you will have less menstrual blood loss during the first few months after your baby arrives.
Burning calories. Breastfeeding helps burn extra calories and lower your fat stores, enabling you to return to your pre-pregnancy weight more quickly without dieting.
Creates bonding. Breastfeeding brings you and your baby close together. While you’re breastfeeding your newborn, you’ll spend a great deal of time together. This is the perfect chance for the two of you to get to know each other. As you cuddle, the skin-to-skin and eye-to-eye contact provides a unique bond that you can build on as your baby grows.
Providing rest time. Breastfeeding gives you a chance to rest. The time when you’re breastfeeding your baby is made to order for putting your feet up and escaping the hustle and bustle of the day for a few moments.
Being inexpensive and convenient. Little equipment to buy and breastfeeding can be done almost anywhere and anytime; so many mothers find it to be the ideal way to feed their babies.
Benefits of breastfeeding for you
- Creates an intimate mother-baby bond during feeding time
- Quicker return of your uterus to its regular size
- Less chance of developing breast or ovarian cancer later in life
- Less chance of developing osteoporosis
- Faster return to your pre-pregnancy weight
Benefits of breast milk for your baby
- Contains the perfect balance of nutrients, including DHA & ARA
- Changes over time to meet your baby’s nutritional needs
- Naturally contains prebiotics and probiotics that work to help support your baby’s developing immune system
Apart from the above, breastfeeding also helps reduce chances of diarrhoea and respiratory illnesses.
Breastfeeding is beneficial for both you and your baby. Be aware of the benefits so that you make the most of the moments you spend with your baby during breastfeeding.