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Breastfeeding Benefits

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and it’s important to understand more about breastfeeding as you decide how to feed your baby. Not everyone can breastfeed, and no one should feel ashamed for using formula. But if you are considering it, here are some of the benefits of breastfeeding.

  • Breast milk is rich in nutrients to help a newborn’s digestive system grow and function and includes antibodies to protect your baby from infections.
  • Breastfeeding also releases oxytocin, a hormone that reduces post-delivery blood loss and helps your uterus return to its normal size more quickly.
  • It also burns more calories to help you lose that baby weight. In fact, both you and your baby are less likely to become obese if you breastfeed.
  • Breastfeeding can also lower your risk for type-2 diabetes, ovarian cancer and some forms of breast cancer.
  • You can get a break from menstruation by breastfeeding because it drops the levels of hormones that trigger ovulation. Moms who nurse exclusively may not see their periods return for six to eight months.

If you’d like to learn more, you can attend a breastfeeding class offered at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. The class is taught by lactation specialists who are also available to help you with breastfeeding after your baby is born.

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