The Advantages for the Mother
There are many advantages of breast-feeding for the mother.
- During breast-feeding, the mother’s body produces prolactin, a hormone that, apart from being responsible for the production of milk, lessens the effect of other hormones that affect arterial pressure and mood.
The Psychologist Reccomends...
Breast-feeding helps with the relaxation and psychophysical well-being of the mother, which, in turn, increase the bond of love with the baby. In women who breast-feed, in fact, the appearance of post-partum depression is less frequent, because the mother feels she has a more essential role in the growth of her baby.
The Obstetrician Reccomends...
It is however advisable to be very careful, especially towards the end of breast-feeding because ovulation could recommence without any obvious signs.
* Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer. Lancet 2002; 360: 187-195