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Breastfeeding A Baby

Why is breastfeeding healthy for moms?

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  • ATanya Remer Altmann, MD, Pediatrics, answered
    First of all, nursing is a wonderful bonding experience that only you and your little one can share.  Two hormones, prolactin and oxytocin, are released during breastfeeding which increase feelings of relaxation, nurturing and love.  Further, the health benefits of breastfeeding are numerous. Studies show that women who breastfeed have a decreased future risk of cancer and diabetes.  Recent research suggests that breastfeeding may protect against osteoporosis and bone fractures in older age.  Since breast milk provides your infant with immunity against bacteria and viruses, moms who breast feed typically have less missed work days caring for a sick infant.  This also means that fewer germs are shared with the family.  And if that wasn’t enough of an incentive, moms who breastfeed return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster than moms who don’t breastfeed since breastfeeding burns 300 to 500 calories a day! 
    In addition to being healthy, breastfeeding is also practical, convenient, and good for the environment.  Breastfeeding is virtually cost free, while formula is expensive.  It is also convenient to be able to feed your baby anytime, anywhere, without having to carry formula, bottles and nipples in your diaper bag.  When your infant is still feeding at nighttime, many moms find it easier to simply nurse then to prepare a bottle.  Dads can still help by bringing the baby to mom, burping him and changing him while mom dozes back to sleep after the feeding.  Further, the environment benefits when moms nurse since there are fewer bottles to wash and no formula cans to throw away. Most moms who breastfeed their first baby choose to breastfeed future children.
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