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The Many Benefits of Breast Feeding for the Mother

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One of the many decisions you'll make as a parent is how to feed your baby. Before you decide, take time to understand the benefits of breastfeeding.

There are many medical, physical, and emotional benefits to breastfeeding. For the most part we are aware of benefits for the baby when breast feeding however, there are many benefits for the moms also.

Below are some of the most common benefits:

  • Convenience - Mothers can breastfeed anytime and anywhere, including in the middle of the night, without worrying about having to mix formula, sterilize or prepare bottles.

  • Disease Prevention - Breast feeding can reduce the mother's risk of Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Thyroid Cancer, Osteoporosis, Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, including High Blood Pressure, and High Cholesterol. Breast feeding can even reduce the risk of Postpartum Depression.

  • Quicker Recovery from Childbirth - Breastfeeding produces the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to its normal size and reduces the amount of vaginal bleeding after delivery.

  • Emotional Bonding - Breastfeeding can build a stronger connection between the mother and the baby. It can also help the mother learn to read their infant's cues.

  • Promotes faster weight loss - Breastfeeding can help the mother loose pregnancy weight faster because breastfeeding does burn more calories.

  • Cost Effective - Breastmilk is inexpensive compared to formula. Breastfeeding may have some initial costs like nursing bras, and nipple shields, but it is more affordable long term. Get yours on Amazon from the links above.

  • May Prevent Pregnancy - Although not a guarantee, continues breastfeeding may pause ovulation and menstruation which can help in the prevention of another pregnancy too soon.

If you are not sure if breastfeeding can work for you, ask your pregnancy care provider. They are there to provide information and support.

Some hospitals even have Lactation Nurses that can walk you through the process and give tips in how to best manage breast feeding and what to expect.

No matter what choice you make, your healthcare team can guide you to the right methods and choices. If you can't breastfeed, there are still great options for formula available.

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Why follow Pregnancy Pillows 101's advice?

We gather this information from personal experience. We have researched and had personal input from close family and friends that have experience this wonderful time in their lives, and hope to help new moms with the most common concerns and questions.


The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, and those seeking personal medical advice should consult with a licensed physician. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider regarding a medical condition.

You can read more about health at the CDC website

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