Benefits of Breastfeeding for Moms




Breastfeeding has a lot of benefits for moms such as: closer relationships between mom and baby, it reduces the risk of postpartum depression, lowers stress, less risk of ovarian cancer, it helps burn off pregnancy weight and helps prevent osteoporosis.

Nursing itself increases the circulation of two hormones: prolactin and oxytocin. One of them produces the milk and the other one ejects the milk when the baby is sucking. Those hormones are related with relaxation, sense of nurturing and sense of love, explains Cecilia Betancourt, NICU Lactation Nurse, with Center for Women & Infants South Miami Hospital.

The expert advises reaching out for help if moms feel something is wrong.

Transcript
Now let’s switch gears some of the benefits of breastfeeding for Mom so let’s go through them and actually burning off that pregnancy way is on the list and we already talked about that one but closer relationship between mom and baby we often hear the skin to skin contact and reduces reducing the risk of postpartum depressionl. Can you talk about those two yeah so nursing in itself increases the circulation of two hormones prolactin and oxytocin so both of those hormones which help in breastfeeding one helps produce milk one helps actually eject the milk when the baby is suckling those are hormones that are associated with relaxation sense of nurturing sense of love so it helps with the bonding but it also helps to relax a mom so that her chances of postpartum depression are lower with that said sometimes breastfeeding has some unexpected obstacles right and in your attempt to breastfeeding without proper support it can definitely bring you down because it’s a journey that requires support from lactation consultants from family from Obi’s and pediatricians so if you want to make note that even if you are breastfeeding you’re having a difficult time please moms out there do not feel like a failure this is the last thing you should be possible absolutely so reach out if you need help it’s something that it is very natural but it’s also very normal to need extra support with you’re doing it for the first time there can be hiccups in the road and that’s why we are here that is our role and in the community in the hospitals so for sure do not feel that it’s something that you are doing by yourself you.
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