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Breastfeeding Is Amazing: 5 Facts You Should Know

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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.

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I struggled with nursing with my first little one in the beginning and never got the hang of it. I had to resort to pumping knowing the above benefits for both me and my baby outweighed the pain, discomfort, inconvenience, and energy to do so. In the end I'm glad I stuck with it but had a lot of support from my husband and the breastfeeding/pumping community. It really did help me lose weight and burn lots of calories quickly!

October 8, 2015 - 10:01am
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