Benefits of Breast Feeding for the Mother

Another blog talked about the benefits of breast feeding for babies. But what about breast feeding benefits for mom?Mother breast-feeding infant.

Moms who breast feed get a complete list of their own benefits:

  • Reduced risk of breast, ovarian, cervical, and endometrial cancers
  • Reduced risk of anemia
  • Protection against osteoporosis and hip fracture later in life
  • Reduced risk of mortality for women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been associated with total length of time a mother breast feeds
  • Helps the mother’s body return to its pre-pregnancy state faster – promotes weight loss…1/2 of calories needed to manufacture milk is pulled from fat stores… can burn from 500 – 1,500 calories per day.
  • Helps delay return of fertility and to space subsequent pregnancies
  • Develops a special emotional relationship and bonding with her child
  • Breast milk is free – reducing or eliminating the cost of formula (in the thousands of dollars/per year)
  • Breastfed babies are sick less thus reducing healthcare costs to family in doctor visits, prescriptions, over the counter medicines and hospitalizations
  • Moms miss less time off from work due to child related illnesses
  • Helps the uterus contract after birth to control postpartum bleeding

The lesson is hard to miss. It’s great to breast feed your baby!