August 1-7: World Breastfeeding week

http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

Why post about breastfeeding in an Endocrinologist blog? Because breastfeeding is an important determinant for metabolically healthy adults.

It is well known that nursing your baby has several benefits, not only on the baby but also on the mom. Here are some very important ones:

  • Mom: helps reduce pregnancy weight faster, helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size, reduces the risk of ovarian cancer, osteoporosis and other problems. And most importantly, enhances mom-baby bond, and lowers the risk of post-partum depression.
  • Baby:  increases the likelihood that the baby will have a healthy weight not only during infancy, but also during childhood and adulthood! Reduces the risk of adult diabetes, PCOS, asthma, food allergies, and other conditions. And of course, it provides the right amount of vitamins, minerals and protective antibodies for a healthy development.

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