Breastfeeding is a special biological process that women all over the world can share. It is as magical as a birth of a baby. The hormones involved in breastfeeding help mothers adjust to motherhood, conserve energy, and recover essential nutrients.
We all must have read and heard the benefits of breast milk for babies and its effects, but breastfeeding also plays an important role in mothers' lives and health.
What does Breastfeeding do to Women/Mothers?
Since breastfeeding is a natural part of a woman's body maturation, it's not surprising that it has preventive health benefits for women. Breastfeeding is good for women's health. The consequences and outcomes of breastfeeding are significant. Source: Miriam H. Labbok MD, MPH, IBCLC
- Breastfeeding, often referred to as the final stage of labor, reduces the risk of excessive postpartum bleeding by promoting uterine contractions
- Reduces the risk of Premenopausal breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.
- Breastfeeding may reduce the severity of anemia and protect mothers from bladder and other infections.
- The studies suggest that breastfeeding women may have a lower risk of spinal and hip fractures after menopause.
- Breastfeeding promotes bonding, a sense of well-being, and improved self-esteem for many women.
- Research shows that breastfeeding has beneficial effects on mothers’ own mood, affect, and stress.
- Mothers have stronger cardiac vagal tone modulation, reduced blood pressure, and reduced heart rate reactivity.
These statements are considered controversial. It also highlights how emotions or personal experiences can influence the interpretation of scientific evidence in this field. Studies are being conducted to check the validity of the above statements.
Undoubtedly breast milk is liquid gold for children, and not only improves the bond between baby and mother, it definitely has a positive impact on women's health too. But remember, Lactating or nursing women should take care of their diet, and vitamin intake to maintain their health while lactating and avoid any risk of osteoporosis in their later ages.
LOVE AND SUPPORT ALWAYS...!!