5 Ways Breastfeeding Is Good For You

October 11, 2016

The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of breastfeeding for moms 

You’ve probably heard all about the amazing benefits of breastfeeding when it comes to your baby’s health. Like providing antibodies that protect your newborn from infections, lowering his or her risk of developing illnesses later in life, and so much more.

And while anything that makes our babies grow stronger and healthier would be enough on its own, breastfeeding also has a slew of health benefits for mom.

Breastfeeding Burns Calories

In the first three to 12 months postpartum, your body burns between 300-500 calories a day producing breast milk. For many moms, this can mean an increase in weight loss without any additional exercise.

Source: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/mom/breastfeeding-burns-calories

Breastfeeding Can Reduce Stress + Postpartum Depression

Let’s face it – new babies are stressful! But studies have shown that women who stopped breastfeeding early or never started breastfeeding had a higher risk of postpartum depression. What’s more, the feelings of euphoria that sometimes comes with breastfeeding due to the release of the hormone oxytocin can combat those normal feelings of stress and anxiety and help you bond with your baby.

Breastfeeding Helps Post-Delivery Healing

That same oxytocin responsible for those warm, fuzzy feelings you get when breastfeeding also stimulates postpartum uterine contractions. These contractions not only reduce post-delivery blood loss, but also help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly than if you didn’t breastfeed.

Breastfeeding Gives You Confidence

Many breastfeeding moms experience psychologic benefits such as increased self-confidence, a newfound love for their body, and a strong bond with their little one.

Breastfeeding Strengthens Friendships

Breastfeeding, like motherhood in general, is one of those life experiences that has the ability to bring women closer as friends. Having someone who understands nighttime feedings, engorgement, and the sometimes overwhelming feelings that come with breastfeeding creates a powerful connection that can last a lifetime.


Moms – what ways did breastfeeding make you feel better physically, mentally, or emotionally? Share in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “5 Ways Breastfeeding Is Good For You

  1. Danielle Harris says:

    It would be nice to see a mention of moms who pump with these types of stories. Do they receive the same benefits or not? It’s a huge sacrifice to pump and pumping moms receive no recognition when it comes to this. I would think Medela would want to mention that since it’s a breast pump company. Something to think about.

    • Hi Danielle,

      Thanks for your comment. Pumping moms receive the same amazing benefits and we support breastfeeding in all its beautiful forms.

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