The Physical Benefits of Breastfeeding
While breastmilk protects the baby from various diseases, the act of breastfeeding gives the mother the following benefits:
It Encourages Faster Recovery
When a mother breastfeeds her baby, her body releases the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin is highly beneficial because it helps the uterus get back to its previous, pre-pregnant state and it prevents postpartum bleeding.
This means that breastfeeding may help you heal faster.
It Promotes Weight Loss
When a woman is pregnant, it is only natural for her to gain some weight. Now, after giving birth, many mommies find it hard to shed the extra pounds they have gained while they were carrying their baby.
Doctors say that one of the benefits of breastfeeding is faster weight loss. This happens because, to be able to build and maintain milk supply for the newborn, the body burns about 500 extra calories.
It Could Prevent Diseases
Some studies indicate that lactation could also affect the metabolism of glucose and lipids or fats. Although researchers have not yet established its long-term effects, the implication is that, through breastfeeding, it is possible to prevent diabetes and heart diseases.
There are also large studies suggesting that “extended lactation,” may reduce the risk of developing premenopausal endometrial, ovarian, and breast cancer.
And of course, experts say that breastfeeding could result in fewer occurrences of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and less risk of developing anemia.
It Acts as a Natural Birth Control Method
Finally, one of the best benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child is that it acts as a natural birth control method.
Breastfeeding mommies experience delayed ovulation and decreased fertility due to “lactational amenorrhea.” Lactational amenorrhea happens when a woman is not menstruating because she is fully breastfeeding.
This amenorrhea increases the time between pregnancies, and therefore gives the mother enough time to recover and focus on her newborn.
But it’s important to note that you can still get pregnant before you get your first post-pregnancy menstruation.