Mother’s little helper

Submitted by Marsha Newsom on Sun, 02/21/2010 - 01:25

We all know breast-feeding builds up babies’ immune systems. But this natural form of nourishment benefits moms as well. The most immediate benefit that moms get is the loss of those post baby pounds. It takes about 500 extra calories to breastfeed. Nursing mothers also experience a faster return of the uterus to its pre-pregnancy state.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduced risk of cervical, ovarian and breast cancer.
  • Reduced risk of osteoporosis.
  • Slower return of menses, which can aid in natural birth control.
  • Diabetic mothers who nurse are better able to control their insulin levels. Nursing mothers require less insulin.
  • Women who nurse reduce the economic impact of a new child by saving about $800 a year for formula.
  • Nursing mothers develop a stronger connection to their child, and a sense of accomplishment from providing nourishment for their infants.
  • Breastfeeding can prevent the risk for cervical problems
  • Prolactin, the milk-making hormone, appears to produce a special calmness in mothers.
  • Breastfeeding mothers have been shown to have a less intense response to adrenaline.

Moms too often put their own well being last. But nursing moms have the unique opportunity to share in the health and well being with their infants.

photo by Carin Araujo

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