I know there are so many breastfeeding benefits for babies that every new Mom or Mom-to-be should seriously consider breastfeeding. I think the breastfeeding benefits for Mom are just as great.
One of my favorite breastfeeding benefits for Mom is it helps with weight loss. Breastfeeding uses up so many calories, that it is easy to start dropping off that extra baby weight. It has been the only time in my life, minus my teen years, that I could sit on my butt and still drop weight. I think the ease of losing weight while breastfeeding is Mother Nature’s version of a push present.
Another of the many breastfeeding benefits for Mom is lower risk of cancer. Not only does breastfeeding lessen the risk of breast cancer, but studies have shown it lessens the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer as well. I don’t know about anyone else, but the thought of cancer is terrifying, so I will do anything I can to lessen the risk of ever getting it.
Emotional stability is just another perk of all the amazing breastfeeding benefits out there. There have been studies performed that show Moms who breastfeed are less likely to suffer from post-partum depression than Moms who opt to go the formula route. I have gone both ways, and in my opinion, I had a better post-partum period with the baby I breastfed than with the ones I chose to feed formula. I’m not saying I had post-partum depression, but I felt better when I was breastfeeding over formula feeding. Of course, that could have been because I was really watching what I ate, and was quickly losing weight without breaking a sweat!
The frugal part of me loves the money saving part of the breastfeeding benefits for Mom. Although, saving money benefits the whole household, not just mom. Of course it’s cheaper to breastfeed than to go out and buy formula. Not only is formula expensive, but I always seemed to run out of formula at the most inconvenient times. I always seemed to run out in the middle of the night. I know the obvious answer is to stock up and plan ahead, but I am the mom who poured iced tea in her cereal instead of milk and even took a couple of bites before realizing it tasted weird. I lived in a sleep deprived fog until my baby started sleeping through the night.
There are so many benefits to breastfeeding for both mom and baby; I don’t know why I didn’t do it for every child. If I could go back and do it again, I would have breastfed all my children.