Recently, though, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares how breastfeeding not only benefits just the infant, but the mother as well. In fact, breastfeeding has been found to have quite a number of both long-term and short-term benefits for moms, as mentioned in the policy statement released by the AAP.
Among the short-term benefits for women who breastfeed, for instance, include:
•Less postpartum blood loss
•A shorter recovery time for the uterus (it goes back to its normal size faster)
•Less likelihood to experience symptoms of postpartum depression when they breastfeed longer and wean later
Here are some of the long-term benefits of breastfeeding:
•Getting back to their pre-preggy weight more quickly. A study involving 14,000 new moms discovered that women who didn’t breastfeed had a harder time getting back into shape than moms who nursed.
•A four to 12 percent reduced risk for Type 2 Diabetes for those moms who developed gestational diabetes
•20 percent less risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis for women who breastfeed for at least 12 months, and 50 percent reduced risk if for at least 24 months