As a company that offers breast pumps covered by insurance, you can bet that we here at The Breastfeeding Shop know more than enough about all of the reasons why moms need to breastfeed their babies. If you think the main (and only reason) why you breastfeed is to make sure your baby is fed, you are wrong. In fact, there are a countless number of other reasons why you should breastfeed, and here are four:
- 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.”
Breastfeeding your baby is natural, and the health benefits it offers you and your little one are irreplaceable. If you’d like to learn more about breastfeeding, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook, or revisit our blog every month. If you would like to learn more about how you can utilize your insurance coverage for breast pumps, please reach out to us by phone or email.