5 Benefits Of Breastfeeding For New Moms
have trainers and nutritionists at our beck & call. Juggling real life with a newborn and your healing your body can be difficult.
Obviously, these two things should be your first priority but many of us wonder how long it will take to get our pre-pregnancy body back. Well, the good thing is that breastfeeding burns a lot of calories! Breastfeeding, in addition to drinking plenty of water, light exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet can help your body bounce back and be better than ever in no time!
Breastfeeding helps you bond with your newborn baby!
A lot of mothers, especially first-time moms, worry about having a connection with their baby after delivery. Breastfeeding is an excellent way for both mom and baby to feel a strong connection of love and necessity for one another. There are a lot of medical explanations for this natural, innate bonding experience but I like to focus on the emotional side.
The time spent nursing and cuddling is unlike any other. For 9 months you and your baby were one. After birth, your child will be separated from you for the first time and things like nursing and co-sleeping help ease the separation. At times you may become frustrated with the demands of nursing, especially when returning to work, but remember that this period in you and your child’s life is so short! Try to cherish and appreciate every second of it.
Breastfeeding protects you against diseases and cancers!
An amazing health benefit to mothers who breastfeed is the protection against diseases. As you may know, black women are more susceptible to certain cancers, breast & cervical are just two examples of this. But breastfeeding for at least 6 months can actually help prevent these cancers in women.
According to MDanderson.org, most women who breastfeed experience hormonal changes during lactation that delay their menstrual periods. This reduces a woman’s lifetime exposure to hormones like estrogen, which can promote breast cancer cell growth. Of course, breastfeeding is not 100% effective in preventing things like breast cancer but every little bit helps!
Brittany Wright, B.A in Creative writing and English – University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, is an aspiring writer and creator of the She’s Wright blog. This black, millennial mom loves everything beauty, motherhood, and marriage related!