benefits of breastfeeding to moms
Photos of moms breastfeeding their babies reminded me that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. This mother is so in love with breastfeeding and is grateful to have and is continuously feeding her little ones with her liquid gold.
Breastfeeding advocates and campaigns always emphasize the benefits of breast milk to babies. Described as a near-perfect mix of vitamins, proteins, and fat, breast milk teems with antibodies that protect the baby from viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding our youngsters exclusively for the first six months helps them reduce the risk of developing allergies, asthma, ear infections, respiratory ailments, and upset stomach. The benefits even extend well beyond the baby’s years. Numerous studies show that breastfed children have higher IQs, maintain ideal weights, and have less incidence of diabetes.
Breastfeeding is as advantageous to moms, too, and Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed) itemizes a few benefits:
Breastfeeding helps you lose weight
“Breastfeeding burns about 500 calories a day—that’s roughly the equivalent of a large snack,” Dr. Carla Victoria Espina-Castro, MD points out. “That’s about a pound a week or 4 pounds per month.” Dr. Carla is from the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology of top hospital MakatiMed.
Breastfeeding gives you happy hormones
According to Dr. Castro, “Breastfeeding triggers the release of prolactin (which gives you a peaceful, nurturing sensation) and oxytocin (which makes you feel a strong sense of love and bonding between you and your baby). Oxytocin also helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and reduces uterine bleeding after birth.”
Breastfeeding fortifies your health
“Breastfeeding boosts your immune system, making you less prone to developing a host of conditions in your later years—type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis,” she explains.
Breast milk is free
“Formula costs a lot and takes time to prepare,” says Dr. Castro. Breast milk, though, is readily available anytime.
Breastfeeding is a unique experience
While mothers have talked about the frustration of getting their baby to latch to their nipple and the pain that comes with nursing, much has also been written and said about the undeniable connection that mother and child feel during breastfeeding.
“Many have called it a privilege and an accomplishment,” shares Dr. Castro. “But as natural as it is, breastfeeding is also an act that a mother learns day by day.”
benefits of breastfeeding to moms
We have been tandem feeding our children for five years now. We do not have plans of stopping unless they decided it is time to let go of their mom’s milk.
Breastfeeding remains the most precious experience we share with the two boys, which this mother will forever cherish. It calms my soul whenever I feel my world is just too heavy. It makes me feel appreciated and needed when I need that reassurance. And most importantly, it reminds me I am a mother who will forever protect her little ones from any harm and hurt.
Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.