Advantages of Breastfeeding for Mother

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mothers

Why breastfeed? Are there special advantages of breastfeeding for mother? 

Yes, fortunately baby is not the only one that benefits from breastfeeding! There are many advantages of breastfeeding, for the mother too.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom

  • A lower risk of breast cancer. The longer a mother breastfeeds during her lifetime, the lower the risk of her getting breast cancer is. So, if you can breastfeed for longer than two years, why not!
  • A lowered risk of uterine and ovarian cancer. Whilst breastfeeding, your body is given the much needed break it needs. Your body produces less estrogen; therefore there will be less strain on your breasts and uterus.
  • Lower risk of Osteoporosis. Breastfeeding Moms are four times less likely to develop Osteoporosis; they have also been found to have less hip fractures later in life.
  • The uterus returns to it's normal size quicker. The hormone Oxytocin is released during breastfeeding, which prevents hemorrhage and promotes uterine contractions. Read more about this here
  • Natural child spacing. Breastfeeding delays ovulation, which may keep your period away. Breastfeeding should not be used as the sole method of contraception  Read more about lactational amenorrhea here.
  • Lower risk of iron deficiency. Because Mom may skip a few months of menstruation during breastfeeding, she will be losing less iron, which prevents anemia.
  • Prevent postpartum depression. Breastfeeding has been found to lower the level of depression experienced after pregnancy. 
  • Faster postpartum weight loss. Most breastfeeding Moms, find it easier to lose the extra pounds after birth, compared to non-breastfeeding mothers. Milk production is a metabolic process, that requires between 200 and 500 extra calories per day. A non-breastfeeding Mom, would have to do an hour of spinning (stationary bicycle exercise) every day, to burn that many calories.
  • Breastfeeding saves money. You won’t need to buy the expensive formula and bottles. Breast milk is free!
  • Breastfeeding is convenient. No bottles to wash or warm, no mixing of formula. Your breast is always ready, and your breast milk, is always at just the right temperature!
  • A special bond. Breastfeeding Mothers have the added advantage of the hormone Oxytocin, which is released while breastfeeding. Oxytocin is also known as the "love hormone", which promotes bonding between Mom and Baby.
  • Mom is calmer. The hormone Prolactin that is released during breastfeeding has been found to have calming effects.
  • Mom is forced to sit down/lie down and rest. You cannot run around while breastfeeding, (unless the baby is in a sling, hee hee) this is a good thing; it forces a mother to relax.

Interesting Fact
Advantages of Breastfeeding for Mother

In a study mothers who breastfed from only one breast, were found to have higher rates of cancer in the breast that was not breastfed from.

The advantages of breastfeeding for mothers, are overlooked many times, it is clear, that breastfeeding, is not only beneficial for the baby’s well-being, but it is just as important (if not more) to the mother.

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