The effects of breastfeeding on a baby’s health have been well-documented. Yet, many people still do not understand its benefits for the mother. This article seeks to shed some light on that. It breaks down and briefly explains the positive effects breastfeeding has on a new mom’s health.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
- Better Bone Density – Osteoporosis is a real problem for postmenopausal women. However, mothers who breastfed their children are less at risk of this particular condition osteoporosis. This is because a woman’s body is able to better absorb calcium and process it much more efficiently when she is pregnant and lactating. So, while the spine and the hip bones may experience a bone density reduction at first, they should be able to grow even denser and stronger than they previously were before pregnancy.
- Reduced Weight Problems – Your chances of becoming obesity are reduced when breastfeeding. This is because the activity itself is a natural calorie burner. Take note that breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce. The regular infant intake sometimes reaches 20 ounces a day, so you instantly lose 400 calories.
These are just some of the breastfeeding benefits that all new moms should take note of.