Due to the extra work, many new-age mothers either don’t feed their babies with milk from their breasts or do most of the feeding through bottles. But believe me when I tell you that there are enough benefits from breastfeeding that both you and your baby… or man, can seriously enjoy healthwise.
1. A healthier baby
As this can’t be stressed enough, milk from the breasts has enough antibodies to combat all sorts of illnesses ranging from colds, viruses, pneumonia, infections, etc. The wonder that is breastmilk can also reduce your baby’s risk of getting chronic conditions like type I diabetes.
2. Stronger bones for you. Hello, Superwoman!
Did you know that when breastfeeding your baby, your body absorbs calcium more efficiently? This usually results in stronger bones and teeth for the mother. Now you know why our parents are still jumping, pounding yam, farming, weeding, and running even though they are old.
3. Fewer problems with weight
Obesity risks for both you and your baby are reduced when you breastfeed. Also, you burn up to 500 calories every day when you let your baby take milk from your mammary glands.
4. You heal better postdelivery
As you breastfeed, your body releases oxytocin, which helps your uterus contract faster and also aids in reducing blood loss after delivering.
5. Low risk of cancer
Breastfeeding can decrease your baby’s risk of some childhood cancers. And you’ll have a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer, an often deadly disease that’s on the rise.
6. Breastmilk is literally a powerhouse.
One of the most powerful effects of breastfeeding is the fact that your body and breasts get information from your baby and morphs the milk to meet the babies requirements. Your baby needs more colostrum because he/she is a little sick? Your breasts will add more colostrum to its milk. Your baby needs more protein, antibodies or needs less sugar? Trust your breasts to deliver… but that is only if you breastfeed your baby and not use bottles/pumps.
7. Temporary release from menstruation.
Did you know that breastfeeding – without bottles or using powdered milk, delay ovulation? YES! That’s because breastfeeding causes the release of prolactin, which keeps estrogen and progesterone at bay so ovulation isn’t triggered,” Now imagine if you breastfeed regularly, day-in-day-out! You probably won’t see your period for 6-8 months. Some women even don’t see theirs for about a year.
You can also kill two birds with one stone with this! No need for condoms when you are having sex… until your period returns.