3. Breastfeeding is linked to baby’s higher IQ.
According to a somewhat-recent study published in the journal Lancet Global Health, the longer children were breastfed, the higher they scored on IQ tests as adults. Pretty impressive, right?
4. Breastfeeding helps you lose weight faster.
It’s believed that breastfeeding can burn anywhere from 300 to 500 calories a day, which can help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight a lot faster. Breastfeed and exercise and you’ll fit into your old jeans in no time! And what new mom doesn’t want that? Still not convinced? Breast milk is free; formula is not.
5. Not breastfeeding increases your risk of postpartum depression.
It’s estimated that 9-16 percent of new mothers will experience postpartum depression at some point, according to the American Psychological Association. The good news is that mothers who breastfeed were less likely to develop postpartum depression four months, after giving birth according to a 2012 study.
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