According to studies conducted, thousands of heart attacks caused in women every year can be prevented, if babies were breastfeed by 90% of the women. The benefits derived from breastfeeding the baby are quite well known to many. Some of the benefits that the breastfeeding mothers do enjoy are low incidence of asthma, ear infection, eczema, diabetes, obesity and much more. There are also being found other benefits that are enjoyed by mothers from breastfeeding their infants.
Facts on breastfeeding: Some good health effects noticed
Some risks that are lowered among women due to breastfeeding:
- Cardiovascular diseases
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia)
- Obesity and overweight
- High level of blood sugar
- Ovarian cancer
- Breast cancer
- Bone fractures and bone thinning (Osteoporosis)
The truth is that there is present no drug in the market that can single handedly offer such huge list of benefits to women.
Nursing and optimal duration
Many new mothers do have this question in their mind, “What is the duration for breastfeeding the baby to derive the above benefits and much more.” According to physicians, it is just after birth that is considered to be the most crucial and important breastfeeding time. Even breastfeeding for about a month can help both the baby and the mother. However, the benefits can be enjoyed in full only if the mother is able to prolong nursing of the baby. In case, the mother has breastfed the baby in her lifetime for more than twelve months, then she is likely to experience significant decreased risk from cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Other things to consider
How can new mothers be encouraged to breastfeed their babies? New mothers, according to researches conducted, who are eager to only breastfeed their baby and those being given formula in at the hospital are likely to breastfeed less exclusively in the initial two months. Again for the next 6 months, they are less likely to breastfeed.
It is not that easy always even in those women expected to breastfeed. It does take a lot of encouragement and commitment, similar to that of exercise and diet. By ensuring that free formula is not being supplied by hospitals, the environment can be made much more mother and baby friendly as well as heart friendly. It is considered to be more important among women of color whose cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity risks are increased.
Compassion is to be practiced
The relation between postpartum depression and breastfeeding can be somewhat confusing. Breastfeeding lowers women’s risks, which has been proved by studies. For those mothers who breastfeed their newborn baby, were found to show the lowest risks. However, those mothers who could not breastfeed their baby were found to face the highest risks. Hence, it becomes essential to promote breastfeeding, which is indeed good and healthy for both the baby and the mother. But, it does also require additional support to mothers, eager to breastfeed however, are found to be unable in performing the breastfeeding activity.