Breastfeeding isn't just best for baby. There are significant medical, emotional and financial benefits for nursing moms.
In fact! Breastfeeding…
- Decreases breast cancer risk and may decrease the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.
- Reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
- Lessens the severity and sometimes can alleviate the risk of postpartum depression. Breastfeeding triggers the release of oxytocin (the "love hormone") and prolactin, hormones that help with relaxation and reduce stress.
- Burns extra calories, making it easier to lose weight after pregnancy.
- Helps your uterus return to its normal size and lessens bleeding you may experience after delivery.
- Saves valuable time! No need to purchase, measure or mix formula, and no bottles to warm in the middle of the night. Breastmilk is always perfectly mixed and the right temperature. Plus, you never forget to bring it with you!
- Is free - at least the breastmilk! Even if you are pumping, a good pump and accessories are far less expensive than formula. The average non-nursing mom spends over $3,000 a year on formula, while a good quality breast pump can be found for under $200 – and under the Affordable Care Act, you may even get one for free.
- Is environmentally friendly, producing no waste, packaging or pollution.