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!