Worth trying: 5 brilliant ways breastfeeding can benefit mums too
While most of us are aware all the amazing benefits breastmilk has to infants, less has been written about the fact that breastfeeding is also incredibly good for mothers.
In fact, here are five ways breastfeeding is not only the best choice for your baby, but also for you:
1. Helps you recover from labor
Breastfeeding triggers the release of oxytocin, a hormone that helps the release of milk. It also helps the uterine to go back to the state it was before the delivery. The body also produces prolactin, which calms you.
2. Conserves iron
As breastfeeding mothers usually don't menstruate for four to six weeks after giving birth, this helps in iron conservation in the body after labour. In fact, the duration may increase to several months if you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby. The amenorrhea (no period) period restores iron in the body, which drops down during pregnancy.
3. Lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease
According to recent research, the risk of cardiovascular disease was nine percent less in women who breastfed for a year or more. They were also 20 percent less likely to suffer from diabetes and 12 percent less likely to suffer from high blood pressure.
Studies have revealed that the risk of breast cancer decreases by two percent in women who breastfeed their baby for about 24 months.
5. Helps aids weight loss
Breastfeeding burns about 500 calories per day, meaning it is actually a brilliant strategy for post-pregnancy weight loss.