Any new mom can tell you that they have heard about the benefits of breastfeeding from just about everyone. From nurses to television ads; new moms are constantly told: “breast is best”.
The Benefits Of Breastfeeding
Did you know that there are breastfeeding advantages for mommy as well as baby? Let’s face it; so much of being a new mom is being selfless. How about we talk about the selfish reasons to breastfeed your new baby?
1. No Menstruation!
This is probably the best out of the all of the breastfeeding benefits. No period.
Breastfeeding causes the release of a hormone called prolactin. Prolactin causes estrogen and progesterone levels to stay low in the body, stopping ovulation.
Some women can see the pause in menstruation for up to a year. Most women only see the break in menstruation for 6 to 8 months. Breastfeeding is nature’s birth control for new moms.
2. Heal Faster Post Delivery
Maybe I should have mentioned this one first, but the whole no period thing was too good to keep in.
When you breastfeed your body releases another hormone called oxytocin. The oxytocin causes your uterus to contract and helps reduce post-delivery blood loss.
Women who breastfeed have a uterus that has usually returned to normal size at 6 weeks, compared to women who don’t breastfeed, whose uterus returns to normal size at 10 weeks later.
3. Drop That Baby Weight
Weight loss is another of the benefits of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can burn up to 500 calories per day depending on how much the baby eats. 500 calories are equivalent to running for an hour or 2.5 hours of walking.
If you really want to burn that fat off, you need to make sure that you’re breastfeeding.
With breastfeeding alone, you can lose up to 1 lb a week (assuming you don’t eat the calories back), and lose weight after pregnancy faster.
4. No Osteoporosis
Breastfeeding affects how the body is able to absorb calcium. This may be because, while a woman is pregnant and breastfeeding, her body leaches calcium from her bones to support the baby’s growth and development.
But, 6 months after the baby stops breastfeeding, a woman’s bones are stronger than before she was pregnant. This significantly reduces the risk of osteoporosis after menopause.
5. You Get To Be Lazy
When I had my son, I was living in a triplex in Ft. Bliss, GA. It was the best time to have a new baby because all three families in the triplex had new babies within mere months of one another.
We used to joke that there must have been something in the water for everyone to get pregnant at the same time.
Out of the three of us, I was the only one who exclusively breastfed. I would lift my shirt to feed my son, when he was done I would put my shirt down.
My friends had to make formula, sanitize bottles, wash bottles, and buy formula and warm up the bottles. It seemed like so much work to bottle feed, compared to breastfeeding.
At a time where I had no energy anyway, I was happy for the ability to be a little lazy.
6. It’s Free
Babies are expensive. Diapers, clothes, butt paste, doctor visits, and hospital bills: the list goes on and on.
You basically hemorrhage money once the baby is born. So, why not save some cash by breastfeeding your baby?
This is one of the breastfeeding advantages that are rarely talked about. We don’t want to admit that spending all that money on babies can be painful. But, new families can feel the pain of the new financial obligations.
As you can see, there are tons of benefits of breastfeeding that are exclusively for the new mom. I know that breastfeeding can be exhausting. At one point I think I started calling myself a dairy cow.
It felt like all I was doing was feeding my baby and changing diapers.
Despite feeling like a milk cow, there was a lot of stuff that I didn’t have to do. I never washed a bottle, I didn’t have to worry about expiration dates for formula, and now I know that I was doing myself a service by breastfeeding my little one.
If you are a new mom and you’re asking yourself “Should I breastfeed?”, the answer is yes, and hopefully after reading about the great advantages of breastfeeding, you’ll opt to do so.
Did you choose to breastfeed? What are some of the benefits of breastfeeding that you experienced that I missed?