Lactation, or the process of producing human milk, has many benefits for mothers beyond providing nutrition for their infants. Here are some of the benefits of lactation for the lactating parent:
Reduced risk of cancer: Lactating has been shown to reduce the risk of cancers. The longer you are lactating, the greater the reduction in your risk of developing these cancers.
Quicker postpartum recovery: Lactating stimulates the release of hormones that help the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size more quickly, leading to a quicker postpartum recovery.
Reduced risk of postpartum depression: Lactating has been linked to a reduced risk of postpartum depression. This may be due to the release of the hormone oxytocin which is called the love hormone. When lactating and feeding your baby it helps to promote relaxation and a sense of well-being.
Improved bone density: Lactation has been linked to improved bone density in mothers, reducing their risk of osteoporosis later in life.
Convenient and cost-effective: Lactation is a convenient and cost-effective way to feed your baby. Providing human milk helps to reduce cost, pollution, and waste. Human milk is a natural renewable resource.
Bonding with your baby: Breastfeeding provides an opportunity for the baby and mother to bond, promoting feelings of closeness and attachment.