Breastfeeding to enhance the beauty & to expand lifespan

Dr. Faisal Khan MBBS, SMLE, MPH, MCPS, MRCPCH-UK (Scholar) Al-Dar Hospital Madina Munawara, Saudi Arabia.

Breastfeeding is the most pleasant gift for mother and her baby. Mothers feel fulfilment and joy from the physical and emotional relationship they experience with their child while breastfeeding. These feelings are generated by the release of good hormones during breastfeeding, such as prolactin and oxytocin. Prolactin produces a peaceful, nurturing sensation that allows mother to relax, emphasis and focus on her baby.

Oxytocin promotes a strong sense of love and attachment between mother and her baby. These pleasant feelings may be one of the reasons the majority of women who have breastfed their first child, always choose to breastfeed the children who follow.

Along with emotional satisfaction breastfeeding provides great health benefits for mothers. As per latest research nature has designed breastfeeding to enhance the beauty and to expand lifespan of mothers. Women who breastfeed recover from childbirth more quickly and easily.

The hormone oxytocin, released during breastfeeding, acts to return the uterus to its regular size more quickly and can reduce postpartum bleeding. Studies shown that women who have breastfed experience reduced rates of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer later in life. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help mothers to lose pregnancy weight faster and prevent them from increase in weight. After delivery, almost every woman is worried about her pregnancy weight, and trying different ways to shed that extra pounds. Breastfeeding can be a really effective and painless way to do so. It improves immunity, best for metabolic health and definitely increase the lifespan of breastfeeding mothers.

Breastfeeding also delays the return of the mother’s menstrual period, which can help extend the time between pregnancies. So breastfeeding is a natural form of contraception. According to the latest research, women who breastfeed have a lower risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis. When a woman is pregnant and lactating, her body absorbs calcium much more efficiently. So while some bones, particularly those in the spine and hips, may be a bit less dense at weaning, six months later, they are more dense than before pregnancy.

Breastfeeding mothers are less likely to develop postpartum depression. They have increased amounts of oxytocin in their system, which encourages caregiving, relaxation and bonding between mother and child. Not only does breastfeeding benefit women’s body, it also benefits their minds, it really promotes emotional health. Studies show that breastfeeding mothers show less postpartum anxiety and depression than do formula-feeding mothers.

Breastfeeding gives mothers closeness with their babies. Most moms cite this as the biggest benefit of breastfeeding. During every session of breastfeeding mom and baby exchange looks, noises, cuddles and communicate love to each other. It’s empowering woman as a mother to see her baby grow and thrive on her breast milk alone. So we can say that breastfeeding is a natural way to stay healthy, to enhance the beauty and to increase in lifespan.

Breastfeeding is essentially free, so it’s helpful to save money. According to current price hike in Pakistan the cost of formula milk can range from 1500 rupees to 2000 rupees per 400 gm, it means 6000 rupees to 8000 rupees per month.

That’s 72000 rupees to 96000 rupees in one year! Even if breastfeeding women choose to buy an electric pump, a feeding pillow, and several breastfeeding bras, they will still only spend very less than the cost of a year’s supply of formula milk. Moreover, babies on breast milk become ill very less often so it will also reduce annual expanses of medical treatment. Breastfeeding mothers can use these savings to enhance their beauty and health by eating best food, branded cosmetics and designer’s dresses.

It’s a myth that breastfeeding reasons breasts to become droopy. Infect it’s pregnancy, rather than breastfeeding, that may cause breasts to change in size and shape after having a baby. Women often fear that breastfeeding will make their breasts sag. But other factors can change breast appearance more than breastfeeding. These include BMI – body mass index, a measure for percentage of body fat, the number of pregnancies woman had, a large pre-pregnancy breast size, age and a history of tobacco/huqa smoking.

After delivery, during the early days of learning to breastfeed, that is the time when most of women get confused and feel like tossing to decide that they will choose breastfeeding or go for bottle and formula milk. That time most of ladies tempted to believe on those advisers who suggest that formula milk is easier to make ready for feeding, and breastfeeding will destroy their body shape.

Some women think that they are “not the type of mother” who can be successful at breastfeeding. But if they consider how breastfeeding benefits their baby, their family, and for themselves, sure then they will find a great determination, which they need to overcome any hindrances and they can easily learn the natural womanly art of breastfeeding.

What’s good for baby is also good for mother. When mothers follow nature’s lead and breastfeed, it’s a blessing for their babies, its best for their own bodies too, hundreds of health benefits for them, their lifespan is expanded and their natural beauty is enhanced for sure.