World Breastfeeding Week is upon us from August 1 – 7, 2015. While moms have been having and caring for their babies since the beginning of time, this week helps bring awareness and education to breastfeeding. With facts and opinions flying all over the place, it’s nice to have some simple straightforward information on the bonuses of breastfeeding.
1) Helps Uterus to Shrink in Size
During pregnancy, the uterus expands in size to accommodate an ever-growing baby. When Baby nurses, there is a release of a neurotransmitter called oxytocin which helps contract the uterus. This contraction decreases post-delivery blood loss while also shrinking the size of the uterus.
After delivery the uterus begins the process of involution — the return to prepregnancy size. In breastfeeding women, involution takes about six weeks, compared to 10 weeks for women who do not breastfeed postpartum.
2) Less Trips to the Doctor Now and Down the Road
Breastfeeding helps with postpartum healing and reduces baby’s chances of developing infections. Plus it may help prevent or postpone other chronic illnesses. All of this translates into less time and money spent at the doctor’s office.
3) Saves a Ton of Money
Economists may be the last advocates you'd expect to endorse breastfeeding. Trent Hamm of The Simple Dollar got to the bottom line of breastfeeding. He found that the average cost of feeding an infant formula in the first year is $1733.75!
That’s a lot of money. Even purchasing a high-end breast pump and accessories won’t come close to that figure.