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Benefits to Mom


Breastfeeding is great for a new baby, but it has plenty of positive effects on the mother, as well. Here are just a few:

  • Breastfeeding can burn up to 500 calories a day, which helps to melt off those extra pregnancy pounds.
  • Breastfeeding releases the hormone oxytocin, which causes uterine contractions, helping to shrink the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size. These uterine contractions also help slow bleeding after delivery and prevent hemorrhaging.
  • Oxytocin also decreases blood pressure and has a calming effect when released.
  • Nursing is a very relaxing experience for both mother and child. This is a time for bonding and much needed rest for new mothers.
  • Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

Next: Breast Milk Is Free

August 28, 2014



Variety is the spice of life! Swap out boring sandwiches for simple and healthy alternatives, like crackers and cheese, veggie or fruit kebabs, pasta salad, or breakfast for lunch (such as yogurt and granola, or whole wheat waffles).


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