Benefit from Breastfeeding

Mothers Benefit from Breastfeeding

Here are 5 ways mothers can benefit from breastfeeding:


1. Breastfeeding can make your life easier

Breastfeeding may take a little more effort than formula feeding at first. But it can make life easier once you and your baby settle into a good routine. When you breastfeed, there are no bottles and nipples to sterilize. You do not have to buy, measure and mix formula. And there are no bottles to warm in the middle of the night.


2. Breastfeeding can save money

Formula and feeding supplies can cost well over $1,500 each year depending on how much your baby eats. Breastfed babies are also sick less often, which can lower health care costs.


3. Breastfeeding can feel great

Physical contact is important to newborns. It can help them feel more secure, warm and comforted. Mothers can benefit from this closeness as well. Breastfeeding requires a mother to take some quiet relaxed time to bond. The skin-to-skin contact can boost the mother's oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps milk flow and can calm the mother.


4. Breastfeeding can be good for the mother's health

Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of these health problems in women:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Postpartum depression
Experts are still looking at the effects of breastfeeding on osteoporosis and weight loss after birth. Many studies have reported greater weight loss for breastfeeding mothers than for those who don't. But more research is needed to understand if a strong link exists.

5. Nursing mothers miss less work.

Breastfeeding mothers miss fewer days from work because their infants are sick less often.

Updated June 6, 2016