Breastfeeding is a wonderful gift for you and your baby. Many mothers feel satisfied and happy about the physical and emotional contact they have had with their baby while breastfeeding. These feelings are heightened by the release of hormones, such as:
Prolactin: It produces a peaceful, nourishing feeling that allows you to relax and focus on your baby.
Oxytocin: Promotes strong feelings of love and attachment between the two of you.
These sweet feelings can be one of the reasons why many women who are breastfeeding their first child choose to breastfeed their next babies.
Breastfeeding benefits for mom
- Breastfeeding provides health benefits for mothers in addition to emotional satisfaction.
- Breastfeeding mothers recover from childbirth very quickly and easily. The hormone oxytocin, released during breastfeeding, works to restore the uterus to its normal size very quickly and can reduce postpartum bleeding.
- Studies show that women with breastfeeding experience reduce breast and egg cancer rates later in life.
- Other studies have found that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
- Exclusive breastfeeding delays the mother’s return to menstruation, which can help extend the time between pregnancies. (Note: Special breastfeeding can provide a natural form of contraception if the mother’s men have not returned, the baby is breastfed day and night, and the baby is less than six months old.)
- Breastfeeding is also good for the environment because there are no washing bottles or cans of formulas that can be discarded.
- Breastfeeding produces natural cooling hormones oxytocin and prolactin that promote a reduction in stress and positive emotions in nursing mothers.
- Breastfed babies cry a lot less, and have fewer cases of the baby’s illness. Breastfeeding can support the health of the body, mind, and spirit of the whole family.
- Breastfeeding makes walking easier.
- Breast milk stays clean and at the right temperature.
- The physical/emotional bond between mother and child grows.
- Breastfeeding promotes greater skin-to-skin contact, more grip, and massage.
- Many feel that intimacy and love during the early years of life are helping to alleviate the social and moral problems of children and adults.
For lifelong benefits, breastfeeding can lead to:
- Low risk of breast cancer
- Low risk of ovarian cancer
- Low risk of arthritis and lupus
- Minor endometriosis
- Osteoporosis less than age
- High blood pressure lowers blood pressure
- Minor heart disease
Is breastfeeding bad for mothers health?
Studies have shown that mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. But there are some side effects to breastfeeding that you may not know about. If you're experiencing one of these symptoms, you're not alone.
At what age is breastfeeding no longer beneficial?
Health professionals recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months, with a gradual introduction of appropriate family foods in the second six months and ongoing breastfeeding for two years or beyond.
Does breastfeeding help moms immunity?
Breast milk also contains antibodies, which means that babies who are breastfed have passive immunity for longer. The thick yellowish milk (colostrum) produced for the first few days following birth is particularly rich in antibodies.