Surprise! Breastfeeding Benefits Mother, Too

Surprise! Breastfeeding Benefits Mother, Too



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Alexandria, VA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–April 3, 2007–Breast milk or liquid gold, as many women often refer to it, is one of the most precious, lifelong gifts a mother can give to her newborn; however, many mothers are not aware of the health benefits for themselves.

“The extent to which breastfeeding affects a mother’s health is rarely emphasized,” says Rubina Mason, a registered nurse and board certified lactation consultant who also consults with Lansinoh, a leading maker of breastfeeding products (http://www.lansinoh.com). Choosing to breastfeed or offering pumped breastmilk gives baby a healthy start in life and provides a variety of health benefits for mothers as well:

— Lower the Risks:

It is well documented that breastfeeding decreases a mother’s chances of developing pre- or post-menopausal breast cancer. “This benefit is strongly connected with the length of breastfeeding experience,” explains Mason. “Two weeks is good, four months is better, and more than six months is best as far as protection against breast cancer goes.”

Some studies have also shown a decrease in ovarian and uterine cancers. “While breastfeeding full-time, most mothers do not ovulate and do not have menstrual periods, and less menstrual cycles means less estrogen exposure, which may explain the reduced cancer risk,” says Mason.

— De-Stress:

Mothering can be very stressful especially in the early months when babies may not be sleeping for long stretches and mom is overtired. Breastfeeding or pumping breastmilk triggers and releases oxytocin, which can help the mom relax and feel less stressed. Breastfeeding can help a mother bond with her baby, which is important since physical contact is important to a newborn and can help him feel more secure, warm and comforted.

— Shedding Pregnancy Pounds:

While breastfeeding mothers only need 300 to 500 extra calories a day in order to produce adequate milk, these nursing mothers also burn 200 to 500 calories per day, making it easier to lose the pregnancy pounds.

Breastfeeding also helps the uterus go back to its normal size and will lessen the bleeding a woman may have after giving birth, adds Mason.

— Save Money & Time:

You don’t have to purchase, measure, and mix formula and there are no bottles to warm in the middle of the night! Since breastfed babies are generally healthier than formula-fed babies, mothers don’t spend as much on doctor visits and medicine.

And, breastfeeding is free! Even if a baby is fed expressed breastmilk and moms need to purchase a breast pump, the new Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump, Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump and feeding accessories are far less expensive than what she would spend on formula over the long term. In fact, research shows the average non-nursing mother can spend close to $2,000 a year on formula and feeding accessories, while a quality electric breast pump, such as the one now offered from Lansinoh, costs under $200.

New and expecting moms can visit http://www.lansinoh.com to:

— Enter to win the “Lansinoh Win A Dream Nursery” Sweepstakes (winner to be announced December 4, 2007).

— Register for a chance to win a free new Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump (three pumps will be awarded each month).

— Learn more about Lansinoh breastfeeding products and “where to buy” information.

— Sign up for the new Pre-Natal Nurture Notes(TM), special e-messages received twice a month during the last trimester that focus on preparing for the baby’s birth and breastfeeding, or, the popular Nurture Notes(TM), e-messages that provide breastfeeding tips, encouragement and support until the baby’s first birthday

Lansinoh Laboratories was founded by a breastfeeding mother more than 20 years ago to support families who choose to nurture and nourish their children naturally.

Surprise! Breastfeeding Benefits Mother, Too