Breast Feeding, Good for Mom too

Importance of Breast Feeding
Are you pregnant & trying to decide whether breastfeeding is right for you and your baby? Are you confused about this act?  You have probably heard all the ways that breastfeeding can benefit your newborn, but breastfeeding provides significant benefits to the mother as well. Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial acts a mother can do for her child.  Dramatic health benefits have been proven to pass from mother to child through breast milk. In the following lines you will get the information about the benefits of Breast Feeding to Mom.

Health Benefits to Moms Who Breastfeed
  • 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 time of lactation
  • 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
  • Breastmilk 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 office visits, prescriptions, over the counter medicine purchases, and hospitalizations
  • Moms miss less time off from work due to child related illnesses
  • Helps the uterus contract after birth to control postpartum bleeding
  • Benefits to the Environment and Society
  • Breastfeeding reduces the cost of healthcare by promoting healthier children and mothers..........If all WIC babies in the U.S. were breastfed, our economical savings would be $33,000,000 per month ..........In 1993, 90,000 babies were hospitalized for RSV at a cost of 450 million dollars. Currently, the U.S. spends over 1 billion dollars a year on Otitis Media (ear infections)
  • Reduced insurance premiums for both parents and employers
  • Breastfeeding reduces global pollution by decreasing the use of resources and energy required to produce, process, package, distribute, promote and dispose of materials created by the manufacture and use of artificial baby milk
  • Reduced tax burden on communities and government to ensure children are properly fed
  • Reduced absenteeism in the workplace due to children's illnesses
Other Benefits from Breastfeeding

    * Breastfeeding makes you feel good, the hormones produced during nursing have an endorphin effect  giving you a relaxed feeling.
    * You have a great excuse to sit down and relax.....
    * You can nurse while sleeping...nursing moms get more rest than formula feeding moms.
    * Breastfeeding saves moms about 7 hours a week off their feet.
    * No screaming baby in the middle of the night waiting on the formula to heat up.
    * It's the only time you can ever lose weight without dieting or exercise!
    * Breastfeeding is more convenient, when traveling, all you need is to take diapers, the milk is always available, sterile, and the right temperature.
    * During times of disaster,  you don't have to worry about finding formula.
    * Breastfed babies smell great....spit ups don't stain, or smell, and poopie diapers are not offensive...(until solids are introduced)
    * Breastfed babies know their moms and will never confuse them with a sitter.
    * The strong bond developed with nursing is much more intense.
    * There is no feeling to describe the child suckling at your breast and letting go to give you a big smile; and knowing that the  growth of your baby came from what your body produced! Wow! What a feeling!
    * The satisfaction of knowing you are giving your baby the best start in life!
    * Breastmilk taste great! Sweet tasting! Variations in taste according to foods moms eats.  Have you ever tasted formula? Ugh!
    * Breastfeeding requires the use of only one can do other things while breastfeeding, (except cooking and driving)
    * Many, many more benefits, too numerous to list!!!

I hope this article help you to understand the importance of breast feeding, So you should Feed your new Born baby with your own milk. Through this way you can prevent yourself and your baby away from many risks...................