Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mum’s

We have all heard about the health benefits of breastfeeding for your baby. But what about the health benefits for mum?

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Stronger Bones When a woman is pregnant and lactating, the rate at which her body needs nutrients increases, therefore the rate at which nutrients are absorbed, becomes incredibly more efficient. When a mum is breastfeeding, she therefore absorbs calcium more efficiently. Calcium is essential for strong, healthy bones. Calcium rich bones also create denser bones, which is essential for lowering the risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Better Healing Postbirth During labour your hypothalamus releases oxytocin, as a result of the cervix and uterus stretching. This stretching is beneficial during labour. After giving birth, your uterus is therefore no longer the same. When you breastfeed, your hypothalamus also releases oxytocin. The oxytocin released when breastfeeding helps your uterus re-contract, helping your uterus return to its normal size. Studies have shown that ‘amongst mum’s who breastfeed, their uterus returns back to normal, in about half the time, compared to mum’s who do not breastfeed.’ (Meredith’s Women’s Netowork)

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A Break from Your Period When you have just had a baby, the last thing you want to worry about are those premenstrual cramps and irritability. As it is, you are already sleep deprived, with your emotions all over the place. When you give birth, you also lose an extraordinary amount of blood, and therefore may suffer a loss of iron. But when you breastfeed, ovulation is delayed. During breastfeeding, we release prolactin from our anterior pituitary. Prolactin stops the release of oestrogen and progesterone, which inhibits ovulation, which means a delayed menstruation, and less blood loss.

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Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.

Tammy Kacev
Nutrition Expert

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