August 2016 – National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Breastfeed your baby and you reduce risk of developing chronic conditions, such as type I diabetes, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease in your baby.
Breastfeeding women are on lower risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis; due to the fact that that when a woman is pregnant and lactating, her body absorbs calcium much more efficiently, so while some bones, particularly those in the spine and hips, may be a bit less dense at weaning, six months later, they are denser than before pregnancy.
Breastfeeding mothers and breast fed babies are more likely not to become obese.
Sudden infant death syndrome is lowered by half if the baby is breast fed.
When baby nurses oxytocin is released this helps the uterus contract, reducing post-delivery blood loss. Plus, breastfeeding helps uterus return to its normal size quicker.
Breastfeeding can decrease baby’s risk of some childhood cancers. And breastfeeding mother is on a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Breastfeeding your baby around the clock—no bottles or formula— will delay ovulation, which means delayed menstruation.