BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING:
Benefits for INFANTS:
Greater immune health
Reduced sudden infant death syndrome
Less childhood obesity
Less tendency to develop allergic diseases (atopy)
Less necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants
Benefits for MOTHERS:
Hormones released during breastfeeding help to strengthen the maternal bond.
Breastfeeding releases oxytocin and prolactin, hormones that relax the mother and make her feel more nurturing toward her baby.
As the fat accumulated during pregnancy is used to produce milk, extended breastfeeding—at least 6 months—can help mothers lose weight.
After birth, the fat stores created during pregnancy are primed to be metabolized through lactation.
Long-term health effects
For breastfeeding women, long-term health benefits include:
Less risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer.
A 2009 study indicated that lactation for at least 24 months is…
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