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Ten benefits of breastfeeding to mothers

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There are a number of benefits of breastfeeding. According to studies, breastfeeding improves the health of the mother. The production and delivery of milk aids the health of the mother. Here are some benefits of breastfeeding to mothers according to the Ministry of Health, the Division of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Breast feeding is effective as a contraceptive method during the first 6 months if the mother is frequently and exclusively breastfeeding, day and night and if her menses/period has not returned
  • Helps mothers space births and regain their health after childbirth
  • Putting the baby to the breast immediately after birth facilitates the expulsion of placenta because the baby’s suckling stimulates uterine contractions
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of bleeding after delivery
  • When the baby is immediately breastfed after birth, breast milk production is stimulated and it is satisfying to the mother
  • Immediate and frequent suckling prevents engorgement
  • Breastfeeding reduces the mother’s workload (no time is involved in going to buy the formula, boiling water, gathering fuel, or preparing formula)
  • Breast milk is available at anytime and anywhere, is always clean, nutritious and at the right temperature. Breastfeeding also stimulates a close bond between mother and baby
  • Breastfeeding is economical: formula costs a lot of money, and the nonbreastfed baby or mixed-fed baby is sick much more often, which brings costs for health care
  • Breastfeeding reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer

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