Renee Mackey from La Leche League spoke about the many advantages of breastfeeding for the mother. She talked about how it helps the mother’s health, the wonderful experience of feeding babies with your own body, and the benefits for the community and earth.
More Breastfeeding Benefits... The Hormone of Love
Some of the health issues she talked about were breast and ovarian cancer, the uterus, heart attack, stoke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Renee said, “Right after birth breastfeeding helps moms uterus to contract and get back to the size it should be. This also helps to prevent hemorrhaging. For the mother, they are less likely to have breast and ovarian cancer. It is dose specific so the longer she breastfeeds the better,” continued Renee. She provided information about a hormone release with breastfeeding called oxytocin. “Oxytocin which is often called the hormone of love helps mothers and babies to have a calming and relaxing experience while breastfeeding,” stated Renee. More interesting facts about breastfeeding for mom:
- Mothers who breastfed their babies for more than a year, lower their own risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke
- Mothers are 10% less likely to develop a heart condition
- Helps reduce the risk of high blood pressure by 12%
- Decrease diabetes and high cholesterol by around 20%
For the Community breastfeeding helps to lower health care cost because babies who are breastfeed are less likely to have illness so they are going to the doctor less. Lower public assistant cost due to less money spent on buying formula. For the earth there is no waste, packaging, distribution, and fossil fuels used in the transport of breast milk.
Empowering Yourself. Strengthening Your Baby.
“Breastfeeding is an empowering experience. Being able to feed your baby with your own body and watching your baby continue to thrive is amazing. Breast milk is readily available, always the right temperature, always sterile, and free. Babies love it. Breast milk is always there and ready for baby,” said Renee. To learn more about the La Leche League, contact Renee at 719-587-3657.