Did you know breastfeeding is not only good for your baby, it’s great for you too?
Breastfeeding has many wonderful benefits for our health, while helping us to lose those extra pounds we put on during pregnancy. Although this is never something to feel any pressure over, it is something that weighs heavily on our minds when we look in the mirror sometimes not recognising our own reflection as we try to squeeze into our pre-pregnancy jeans. You’re not alone in this! Feeling and looking great after birth is something that could give us extra confidence boost and I think sometimes we all need that.
Breastfeeding, surprisingly, is an effective way to say goodbye to those extra pounds. Did you know breastfeeding burns as much as 400 to 500 of our daily calories? This is equivalent to the number of calories we burn in the gym during an intensive one-hour cardio workout! Yet, breastfeeding does not require us to sweat or take time away from our baby and in the early days we simply don’t have this time to give. Loosing post pregnancy weight with breastfeeding involves no painful workouts, we only get to bond and have precious time with our babies. It’s a no brainer really! Imagine if you were helping to breastfeed another baby, the number of calories you burn could double, helping you to get back in shape even faster!
However, most importantly, breastfeeding is great for our health and we’ve found a number of ways in which breastfeeding can help:
Lowers your chances of Breast and ovarian cancer - Studies by the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer have shown that women who breastfeed have a lower risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer later in life if they breastfeed for a year or longer.
Reduces Heart Disease – Breastfeeding is now thought to reduce this risk and protect your heart. In a recent study from the Nuffield Department of Population Health, mothers who breastfed had lower risk of heart disease.
Lowers your chances of Diabetes - If you breastfeed for at least 6 months or longer, it will reduce your risk of developing diabetes. This is due to lactation hormones interacting with the pancreatic cells that control insulin. Researchers at the National Institute of Heath have now concluded, breastfeeding for longer than 2 months lowered the risk of Type II diabetes by almost one half.
Reduces risk of Multiple Sclerosis - Breastfeeding protects you from multiple sclerosis. Research by the American Academy of Neurology shows mums who breastfeed for at least 15 months and longer are 53% less likely to develop multiple sclerosis that may trigger memory loss.
Helps your body to heal quicker after delivery - The oxytocin released when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing post-delivery blood loss. Plus, breastfeeding will help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly; at about six weeks postpartum, compared with 10 weeks if you don't breastfeed.
Overall, breastfeeding could help you live longer! On an emotional side, breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby. Most new mums say this is the biggest benefit of breastfeeding. Nursing is something special the two of you share. It's empowering as a new mother to see your baby grow and thrive on your breast milk alone.
If you’ve established a good supply of breastmilk and occasionally express more than your baby needs, there are milk banks that will gladly accept your excess milk. BestMilk private milk bank offers such a support. We can give advice as well as reimburse you your expenses too if you share your excess milk with the babies of the parents who struggle or cannot breastfeed. For more information follow: www. bestmillk.co.uk/wetnurses.
Breastfeeding is a wonderful gift a woman is blessed with. Why not share this with others and you too can promote a healthier baby and a healthier you.