The Highs And Lows Of Breastfeeding

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Health benefits to mom

In addition to offering health benefits for babies, breastfeeding is also helpful for moms. Breastfeeding has been linked to a decreased risk of ovarian cancer and osteoporosis. Breastfeeding causes the release of the hormone oxytocin, which also helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size. Lastly, breastfeeding may assist in the reduction of uterine bleeding after birth.

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