Mothers Benefit from Breastfeeding

  1. Life can be easier when you breastfeed
    Breastfeeding may take a little more effort than formula feeding at first. But it can make life easier once you and your baby settle into a good routine. Plus, when you breastfeed, there are no bottles and nipples to sterilize. You do not have to buy, measure, and mix formula. And there are no bottles to warm in the middle of the night!
  2. Breastfeeding can save money
    Formula and feeding supplies can cost well over $1,500 each year, depending on how much your baby eats.
  3. Breastfeeding can feel great
    Physical contact is important to newborns.Breastfeeding requires a mother to take some quiet relaxed time to bond. The skin-to-skin contact can boost the mother’s oxytocin (OKS-ee-TOH-suhn) levels. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps milk flow and can calm the mother.
  4. Breastfeeding can be good for the mother’s health, too
    Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of these health problems in women:
    1. Type 2 diabetes
    2. Breast cancer
    3. Ovarian cancer
    4. Postpartum depression
    Experts are still looking at the effects of breastfeeding on osteoporosis and weight loss after birth. But more research is needed to understand if a strong link exists.
  5. Mothers miss less work
    Breastfeeding mothers miss fewer days from work because their infants are sick less often.