So, in the last post we saw the benefits of breastfeeding for your baby. However, breastfeeding can have several advantages for the mother as well. It has both short-term and long-term benefits, learn about a few of them.

Protection against Cancer

Women that choose to breastfeed can reduce their chance of breast cancer by approximately 25%, according to askdrsears. The more months or years a women breastfeeds, the lower the risk of breast cancer. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer. This is caused by the low oestrogen levels during lactation. Less oestrogen is available to stimulate the lining of the uterus and breast tissue, which means they are less likely to become cancerous.

Lose that pregnancy weight

Women work really hard after their delivery to lost their pregnancy weight. Breastfeeding promotes postpartum weight loss. Research has shown that women had large reductions in their hip circumference and increased fat loss within a month, compared to women that fed their babies formula. It allows women to return to their original weight faster by burning extra calories. The hormone oxytocin is released during breastfeeding, which helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size.

Makes your bones stronger

Breastfeeding women have a lower chance of developing osteoporosis compared to women that don’t breastfeed, who have a four times greater chance of developing the condition. Osteoporosis greatly increases the woman’s chance of suffering from hip or led fractures in their post-menopausal years. Breastfeeding women absorb calcium more effectively, which makes their bones more dense, 6 months after delivery, according to fitpregnancy.com.

Breast milk is essentially a lot cheaper than buying formula. According to fitpregnancy.com, it can cost anywhere from 1000 dollars to 5000 dollars (1 lakh to 5 lakhs) in a year. So, why not just chose the natural method of breastfeeding rather than formula milk. It can also help you bond with your baby better. Last, but not least, it can help your emotional health but reducing postpartum anxiety or depression.

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