What breastfeeding does to your body?
Breastfeeding has innumerable benefits to the mother.
- Breastfeeding creates a strong bond with the infant.
- It is an important birth control method. Prolactin which helps in milk production reduces the production of ovarian hormones which is a cost-effective method of family planning. Although it is not a fool-proof method.
- It reduces postpartum bleeding and delays the menstrual cycle.
- When the mother feeds the infant, the uterus returns to normal size and arrests bleeding.
- Breastfeeding burns between 500-600 calories a day. It helps the mother to shed the extra weight that was accumulated during pregnancy.
- It saves time, money, and energy.
- It decreases the risk of breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.
- By breastfeeding, the requirement of insulin decreases in diabetic mothers.
- It provides the mother with a sense of calm and satisfaction which is required for the production of required hormones.
- It improves bone density and reduces the risk of fractures.
- It reduces the risk of post-partum depression.