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breastfeed benefitsWe’ve all heard why breastfeeding is good for your baby but what’s in it for you, Mom? Here are five reasons why you should try breastfeeding:

1. It can help to shrink your belly
Breastfeeding helps your uterus return to its size before pregnancy.

2. It can help you shed that baby weight
Breastfeeding helps you burn up to 500 calories a day and that can make it easier to lose those pregnancy pounds.

3. It helps to protect your health now and later

Breastfeeding may reduce your risk of postpartum depression and breast and ovarian cancer.

4. It can help prevent an unexpected pregnancy
Breastfeeding can delay the return of your period. To be safe, you should still use some form of birth control while breastfeeding.

5. It saves money
You don’t have to buy formula, right?

And here are five tips to help you be successful at breastfeeding:

1. Room with your baby at the hospital
This will help you and your child learn how to feed on demand as soon as possible.

2. Get an expert opinion on technique
When you’re in the hospital, have a nurse or lactation consultant check how your infant latches on. You may not have the right position if it hurts enough to make you grimace with every feeding.

3. Plan to breastfeed a lot
This could be eight to 12 times per day. Always feed on demand and looks for signs of hunger, like when your baby puts his hand in his mouth, or if she looks increasingly alert.

4. Stay hydrated
This ensures that your body can make enough milk.  Drink water throughout the day and sip from a glass of water when nursing.

5. Find a quiet place
Start by nursing in a calm setting to help your milk let down. After time, you’ll find that your milk will flow just by unhooking your bra or hearing a baby cry.

 

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax