7 Reasons National Breastfeeding Month is All About You

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7 Reasons National Breastfeeding Month is All About You

We’ve seen enough TV specials, newspaper articles and magazine features about how breastfeeding is good for your baby, but in honor of August being National Breastfeeding Month, we thought we should focus on all of the reasons breastfeeding is good for you.  (Because let’s face it, your beautiful baby gets enough attention.  What about you?)

You lower your risk of breast and ovarian cancer later in life.  In fact, breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Your recovery from childbirth is faster.  The oxytocin hormone will communicate to your uterus that it’s time to return to its regular size and to stop bleeding.

Your milk costs a lot less.  Formula is expensive – between $4 and $10 per day, depending on the brand you use.  Save money with human milk for your baby.

You’ll sleep more.  It’s easier to pull the baby to you to nurse in bed, rather than get up to prepare and warm a bottle of formula in the kitchen.

You’ll carry less.  Baby gear weighs a lot.  Carry less by foregoing the feeding equipment.

Exclusive breastfeeding is the body’s natural contraceptive.  This is true for new mothers whose periods have not yet returned, babies are under six months, and are only breastfeeding.

Did we mention the bond?  The hours you spend breastfeeding creates a powerful physical and emotional connection with you and your baby.

It is recommended that you breastfeed for at least 12 months, with exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months.

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Shannon Russo-Pollack (SHA) is the Founder of DASHA® and powerhouse behind the DASHA brand. SHA strategically works with medical, wellness and lifestyle professionals who have a like minded philosophy of total body health and well-being. Using her entrepreneur skills, healthy lifestyle and passion for fitness to inspire others.