Surprising Health Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby and Mom

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Some of the health benefits of breastfeeding are quite surprising! Take a look for yourself.

Did you know that breastfeeding will make you lose those pregnancy pounds faster?

The weight we all put on during pregnancy can be quite difficult to take off after we give birth. Surprisingly enough, the very act of breastfeeding helps us get back our pre baby bodies faster.  Feeding burns about 500 calories a day – that’s the equivalent of running 5 miles! Amazing right? Breastfeeding releases oxytocin which helps shrink the uterus to its pre-pregnancy size making the abdominal area shrink and your waistline smaller!

Lowers Risk of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is another term for a disorder in which ones bones begin to thin making it more likely that fractures may occur. Breastfeeding lowers the risk of a woman developing osteoporosis in her lifetime. Why? When mom stops lactating, her body will naturally increase its former bone density. This protects her from any future bone loss in the future.

Helps Relax Mom

Our pituitary glands make oxytocin which in turn causes our uterus to contract. During delivery, our bodies were in overdrive making this hormone. Post-partum, however this wonder hormone can still play a huge role for mom and help her feel on cloud nine so to speak. Oxytocin naturally relaxes a person and reduces stress and anxiety. It also helps foster a general “feel good” vibe. You activate its production simply by breastfeeding. Breastfeeding stimulates the release of oxytocin from the glands and directly contracts the muscles surrounding the milk producing glands in the breast. The more the baby feeds, the more oxytocin is pumped from the brain. Baby is fed and happy and mom is feeling relaxed and content. It’s a win-win for both.

Natural Health Shield for Baby

Breast milk contains all sorts of antibodies, vitamins and just the right amount of protein and fat. Especially in the first weeks after the baby is born when he or she cannot get immunizations yet – breastmilk provides natural protection against bacteria and viruses that no other food can provide. Breastmilk is quite unique and very beneficial for the baby. Studies have shown that children who were breastfed tend to have lower risks of developing allergies or asthma and they also tend to have higher IQ’s than those who were bottle-fed. Lastly, breastfed babies tend to have lower obesity, diabetes and cancer rates than those who were bottle-fed.

Your Wallet Will Thank You

Saving money is a HUGE health booster! Less stress and less anxiety can go a long way in keeping you healthy long term. Did you know that the average cost of baby formula is about $120.00 per month? That’s for the powder form, if you want the ready to feed version, you’re looking at spending close to double that amount. If you factor in all the other costs – diapers, wipes etc… It can be quite expensive to feed the baby this way and not as healthy as breastmilk. The 2nd best reason why breastfeeding is great –  breastmilk is free! As a bonus, it’s already at the perfect temperature and easy to give to the baby without the need to sterilize any bottles or nipples.