Welcome to the second post in our National Breastfeeding Month series! Last week we looked at common breastfeeding myths, this week we’re going to look at some of the benefits for Mom and Baby.
Mothers know that breast milk is more nutritious and beneficial for their babies but often aren’t sure exactly what the benefits are (or aware that Mom gets benefits by choosing to breastfeed too!).
Benefits for Mom include:
- Reduced risk of postpartum hemorrhage
- Lowers risk for breast, uterine and ovarian cancer later on in life
- Burns calories- helping to lose baby weight quicker
- Decreased risk for osteoporosis later in life
- Saves money
- Aids bonding
- Delays ovulation
- Easy to transport
- Decreases risk for postpartum depression and anxiety
- Easier to put baby to sleep at night
- Breastmilk poo doesn’t smell!!!
- Convenient with nothing else to carry around and nothing to run out of
- Zero Waste!!
Benefits for Baby:
- Perfectly formulated nutritional needs
- Reduced risk of asthma
- Protects from illness
- Breastfed babies have a more balanced weight and are less likely to be overweight
- Higher IQ
- Lower rates of constipation and diarrhea
- Decreases frequency of ear infections, allergies, and eczema
- Increases bonding
- Lowers risk of SIDS
Did you know breastfeeding had so many benefits for the Mother as well? I certainly didn’t when I began my breastfeeding journey!
Feel free to reach out via the comments or email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any other questions or concerns (and never feel afraid or embarrassed to reach out to someone locally for help!) Here at Keeper we love to see women supporting and helping other women at all stages in our journeys <3
~ Please be aware I am not a medical doctor, these statements are educational and should not be viewed as medical advice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Olivia lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and 5 year old son. She enjoys spending time in the mountains, studying about essential oils, natural remedies and herbs, as well as upcycling/ DIY projects. Olivia’s family is almost completely Zero Waste and strives to live with as little impact on the Earth as possible. They are currently downsizing and planning to move into a Tiny House in 2016.