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Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Mother

What are the benefits of breastfeeding for the mother

  • Once you master the art of breastfeeding, feeding the baby will be very convenient for you.  You will not need to worry about washing and sterilizing bottles, preparing feeds, boiling water, etc.
  • It will help you regain your figure faster than if you were not breastfeeding
  • It also reduces the risks of breast and ovarian cancer
  • It acts as a natural contraceptive (but you should not rely on it) and helps you space your babies by delaying conception 

Will my breasts sag with breastfeeding

The mother's breasts usually do increase in size by as much as 2-5 inches during pregnancy and remain enlarged for a few months after delivery until the mother continues to nurse her baby. Since there are no muscles in the breast, only ligaments, your breasts will sag from the increased weight unless well supported by a good-fitting bra.  These ligaments, once stretched, never return to their original size.  Therefore, breasts sag not because of breastfeeding but because of poor support.  A bra with good all-round support worn at all times during pregnancy and nursing (even at night) will ensure that your breasts do not sag. 

I am worried about losing my figure after childbirth

There is good news for you. Breastfeeding helps you regain your original figure faster. Your uterus would have also expanded in size during pregnancy.  Soon after delivery, however, it begins to contract to get back to its original size.  You will regain your original figure faster because of the following reasons: 

  • The oxytocin hormone released during breastfeeding encourages faster contraction of the uterus
  • The oxytocin hormone leads to earlier stoppage of vaginal bleeding after delivery;
  • All the fat in your body accumulated during pregnancy will be consumed in the preparation of breast milk 
Many breastfeeding mothers (who have gained a normal weight of 12 kgs) have happy stories to recount that they came back to their pre-pregnancy weight within 6 months of delivery without doing even a bit of exercise.  (But remember exercise may not be necessary to lose weight but it is essential to reduce the flabbiness caused from pregnancy).

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