There are myriad of reasons why mothers choose to breastfeed. Any two mothers can make this decision for different reasons, but one thing that is applicable to every breastfeeding mother is the benefits associated with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding’s benefits are not exclusive to just baby; there are countless benefits for mothers as well! Below are a few examples.

For Mothers

  1. Breastfeeding can help you bond with your baby. The skin to skin contact associated with breastfeeding releases a mother’s oxytocin levels. When these levels are elevated, they have a calming and bonding effect between a mother and her baby.
  2. Breastfeeding can lower your health risks. Mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of health problems than those who don’t. Type 2 diabetes, Breast Cancer, and Ovarian cancer are just a few health risks that are decreased by breastfeeding.
  3. Breastfeeding can save money. Baby formula and feeding products can be expensive. If you breastfeed, buying formula is a cost that you won’t have to incur.
  4. Breastfeeding can help you lose weight. Another breastfeeding benefit is the accelerated rate of weight loss.  It takes energy for your body to produce breast milk and this can accelerate weight loss and caloric expenditure.

For Babies

  1. Breast milk is easier for digestion.  Since breast milk is from a mother it is biologically created for a baby’s digestive system. Formula contains proteins from cow’s milk or other sources which take a bit of time for a baby to adjust to.
  2. Breast milk adapts to your baby’s growth. As your baby gets older, the type of milk your body produces changes to match their developmental needs.
  3. Breast milk can help fight diseases in babies. No formula in the world can match the power of your body’s ability to create the right mixture for your baby. Babies who are breastfed are at a lower risk of respiratory infections, asthma, obesity, diabetes, and ear infections.

So no matter what your personal choice for breastfeeding is, the benefits are substantial! If you are interested in breastfeeding, and want to see how you can get covered using a breastpump, you can reach us here, toll free, at 888-345-1780 or contact us on the web here. We look forward to hearing from you!