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What happens to the Mother if she does not Breastfeed?

What happens to the Mother if she does not Breastfeed?

by: Dr. Jasmeet K Monga
Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Making the decision to breastfeed is a personal matter. It’s also one that’s likely to draw strong opinions from friends and family. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fats. Nearly all essential nutrients required by your baby. And it’s all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria.

What happens to the mother if she does not breast feed?

  • You might not lose the extra weightPost delivery weight reduction will be difficult as Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth.
  • You become more Cancer prone – Female becomes more prone to ovarian or breast cancer as Breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It may lower your risk of osteoporosis, too.
  • You can suffer from pain – If you don’t breastfeed, you will go through a period of engorgement until your body gets the picture that you won’t be nursing. It’s pretty painful but not unbearable. Your breasts will get really big and full until you stop producing milk.
  • Your bonding with your baby may suffer – If you don’t breastfeed you will likely to have a weak bond with your baby. As breast feeding helps to build a very strong bond with the baby.

What happens to the baby if the mother does not breast feed?

  • Baby can be asthmatic – Baby becomes more prone to Asthma and allergies, as Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies.
  • Compromised Immunity – Babies, who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and episodes of diarrhea. Therefore, mothers who don’t breastfeed their infants may have episodes of these problems.
  • It can affect your bonding – The physical closeness, skin-to-skin touching, and eye contact all help your baby bond with you and feel secure with you. Those moms who don’t breastfeed might not fill their babies with security.
  • Your baby may be over weight – Breastfed infants are more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow rather than become overweight children or underweight children who are not breastfed.
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