Prevent Cancer by Breastfeeding

“By breastfeeding lose weight and prevent cancer says doctor” Said by Dr Bandita Sinha, consulting Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (Navi Mumbai)

While lifestyles and work schedules might have changed over the years, doctors still vouch that breastfeeding is the best bet for a newborn. With August being World Breastfeeding Month, women are encouraged to continue breastfeed their newborn atleast till the baby is a year old.

Important points 

  • Not only does it help the new mother lose weight due to a high rise in metabolism but it also helps the uterus to return to its normal size quicker.
  • Since breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce, if you feed your baby 20 ounces a day, that’s 400 calories you’ve swept out of your body.
  • The oxytocin released when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing postdelivery blood loss. Plus, breastfeeding will help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly—at about six weeks postpartum, compared with 10 weeks if you don’t breastfeed.

Need to be in mind for every women
With more women getting back to work soon after delivery, it can be a cumbersome task “but the trend of using a breast pump is gradually catching up in India”. using a breast pump may be only way in which a premature baby can receive the mother’s milk.

Imagine that the world had created a new ‘dream product’ to feed and immunize everyone born on earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage or delivery, and helped mothers plan their families and reduce the risk of cancer. Then imagine that the world refused to use it”.

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