Breastfeeding: Benefits for Baby and Mom

Both breastmilk and formula can provide adequate nutrition for a healthy, growing baby. Not every new mom is able or willing to breastfeed – and that’s okay! However, it is helpful to understand the reasons why breastfeeding can be an excellent choice for both baby and mom.

 

How Breastfeeding Benefits Babies

 

Not only does breastmilk itself provide numerous benefits for a newborn, the act of breastfeeding is highly convenient, cost-saving and allows for the most natural bonding between baby and mother.

 

Here are some highlighted benefits of breastmilk for your baby:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Breastfeeding Benefits Moms

 

Moms can benefit from breastfeeding too! Not only is it the easiest form of feeding your baby, breastfeeding also triggers favorable changes in your post-partum body. First, it can help shrink the uterus back to its original shape and size. Next, breastfeeding burns calories, a welcomed benefit for moms trying to lose pregnancy weight. Finally, breastfeeding causes the release of prolactin, which keeps estrogen and progesterone levels low. This often means no menstrual cycle for breastfeeding moms for 6 to 8 months on average.

 

At North Pointe OB/GYN, we support all new moms, whether they choose to breastfeed or not. The important thing is that you are providing good nutrition to your growing baby, while also caring for yourself. To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding, please contact one of our physicians.

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