4 Reasons Why Moms Need to Breastfeed Their Babies
Four Reasons to Breastfeed Babies
- It releases hormones that will make you and your baby feel closer. When you kiss or hug loved ones, your body releases a “bonding hormone” called oxytocin. As you breastfeed your baby, this hormone is also released due to the extreme feeling of closeness you have with your son or daughter.
- There has been some evidence that it helps to lower childhood cancer risks. If you didn’t know, your breast milk both feeds and provides your baby with antibodies that aid in protecting him or her from flu viruses. However, a study published in the Journal of Human Lactation back in 2012, shed light on the fact that breast milk also contains cancer-fighting agents that can aid in the protection against illnesses like Hodgkin’s disease and lymphoblastic leukemia.
- It will lower your breast cancer risk. In a study done at Columbia University, they found that moms who breastfeed were less inclined to be diagnosed with breast cancer than women who did not. What’s more, the more children they had, the lower their risks became.
- It’s convenient, and it may help you get back to your pre-pregnancy shape faster! There is no denying that breastfeeding allows you to feed your baby without the need to go out to the store and purchase formula. Plus, there is no mixing or boiling required! And, if convenience isn’t enough, you’ll be happy to know that breastfeeding, on average, burns about 500 calories a day. While that is certainly a decent amount of calories, you shouldn’t rely on breastfeeding as your only form of daily “exercise.”