Did You Know? Breastfeeding is Good for Baby, as Well as Mum!

When you’re breastfeeding, the focus can tend to be on the benefits for baby, which are widely known. However, did you know that breastfeeding releases the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin to both you and baby? Your liquid gold truly is an amazing thing!

It’s no secret that breastfeeding is good for baby, but it’s also pretty great for mums too! Whenever you breastfeed, oxytocin (otherwise known as the love hormone) is released in your brain, as well as baby’s! 

When feeding and protecting your new baby, a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings take place in your body, and this process relies on oxytocin. The hormone is generated and regulated between you and your baby in four ways: your nipple, your baby’s mouth, your baby’s tummy, and your all-important skin-to-skin time! All this love is bound to leave you both feeling bonded and connected!

Oxytocin is pretty amazing, it has been shown to decrease sensitivity to pain, promote healing, reduce stress (something much needed for mamas!) and even lower blood pressure in both mums and babies! 

The love hormone also plays a key part in mama’s recovery after giving birth. Your baby latching on early and often, can help you expel your placenta, and protect you from losing too much blood – clever stuff! 

As well as making both you and baby feel loved, calm and well, once breastfeeding is established, your baby’s brain will release oxytocin whenever she sees or smells you! Hearing your voice will also release the good feeling, so keep talking to your little one mama!

Oxytocin’s role in building your bond with your new baby is vital. It has anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties, and can even help to protect against post-natal depression!  

The benefits of breastfeeding for both mum and baby can’t be overlooked, your body is truly doing amazing things.


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