Breastfeeding Moms Reap Health Benefits

Most of us didn’t need to read a scientific review to know that breastfeeding is beneficial.  We lose weight, our babies become brilliant, we bond with our infants, yadda, yadda, yadda.  Breastfeeding is a no-brainer, right?breastfeeding study shows benefits for new moms

Still the latest results of this close look at breastfeeding are pretty astounding.  The study, published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine, followed mothers at high risk of developing breast cancer for nearly a decade.  Participants had a “first-degree” link to the disease, meaning that either their mother or sister had contracted it.  Among the high-risk women who chose to breast feed, breast cancer rates decreased by a whopping 59 percent.

The Saturday Question: Was breastfeeding worth it?

There’s no doubt that breastfeeding is best for everyone involved, but many moms aren’t sure they can stick with it in those early sleep-deprived days.  Since breastfeeding is so healthy for mom, baby, and the environment, we’d love to gather up a few of your stories about breastfeeding your baby.   What were the highlights?  What were the challenges?  How did your friends and family react?  Did you manage to breastfeed despite obstacles like working full time or having to pump all your milk and bottle feed?  Your stories will help so many of our readers as they struggle to nourish their babies, save the planet, and get a few hours of sleep now and then.  Thanks so much for sharing!