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What are the benefits of breastfeeding for the mother?

There are many advantages of breastfeeding for the woman:

  • Excellent bonding between mum and baby
  • Cheap! There’s no need to spend on formula, expensive sterilising equipment and bottles.
  • Encourages body to use up fat stores allowing you to return to your pre-pregnancy figure faster
  • Protection against osteoporosis
  • Reduced risk of breast cancer
  • Reduced risk of ovarian cancer
  • Reduced risk of uterine cancer
  • Reduced chance of developing postnatal depression because breastfeeding stabilises the mother’s hormones and because endorphins (“the happy hormone”) are released into the bloodstream during a feed.
  • Delay in the return of your periods which could be an advantage!
  • Increased contraceptive protection. Breastfeeding delays the return of menstruation and hence fertility which allows the body a chance to recover from pregnancy and birth. This protection cannot be guaranteed. You may need to chat with your midwife about this.
  • Environmentally friendly

Breastfeeding should give you a general feeling of satisfaction as you can delight in the knowledge you have achieved all the benefits listed above as well as the benefits listed for baby! I would be lying if I told you it wasn’t hard work or tiring, but in all honesty, so is bottle-feeding! The difference being that this way, you’re both winners!

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