Reasons Why You Should Encourage New Mothers to Breastfeed

Encourage New Mothers to Breastfeed

Breastfeeding is ideal for a mother to provide their baby with the essential nutrients required for healthy growth and development.

However, a growing number of women prefer to feed their children baby formula even though they are in a position to breastfeed.

Here are some reasons why you, as a health practitioner, should encourage new mothers to breastfeed.

1. Breast Milk is the Best Food for Babies

Breastfed babies are less likely to be sick and have fewer allergies, infections, respiratory illnesses, and digestive problems than formula-fed babies.

A mother’s breast milk is specifically designed to meet her baby’s needs and contains just the right nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Breastfeeding’s impact on an individual child’s health is distinct and does not directly affect the health of other babies or children.

2. Breastfeeding is a Great Workout

Pumping the breasts stimulates the release of oxytocin, the hormone that causes uterine contractions during labor.

This can help tone a woman’s uterus back into shape after pregnancy, causing less postpartum bleeding and pain. It also helps lose weight faster after giving birth by speeding up metabolism by as much as fivefold!

Breastfeeding primarily involves the upper body and is not a full-body workout; it may help burn calories and contribute to postpartum weight loss.

3. Breastfeeding is a Bonding Experience for Mother and Baby

Nursing releases hormones that produce feelings of happiness and contentment in both mother and baby, which increases their ability to interact positively with each other even from an early age.

That means that the bond between mother and child is strengthened through breastfeeding.

Mothers often describe breastfeeding as one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives – it allows them to nourish their child and gives them time to bond with their baby, which can help strengthen the relationship for years to come.

4. Breastfeeding Encourages Motherly Instincts

The hormones released during breastfeeding make women more nurturing and responsive to their children during the earliest months they most need it.

Breastfeeding helps to promote motherly instincts and bonding between mother and baby. Breastfeeding releases oxytocin, which can reduce stress and discomfort.

When a mother breastfeeds, this is often all they need to feel more comfortable about their child.

5. Breastfeeding Reduces a Child’s Risk of Developing Food Allergies

One study suggested that if three-quarters of mothers breastfed for six months or longer, their children would have a 42 percent reduction in food allergy.

Another study showed that breastfeeding for two or more months reduced the risk of peanut allergy by 81 percent in high-risk children.

A different study from Sweden found that children whose mothers had breastfed them were significantly less likely to have asthma as adults.

With so many studies backing the same claim up, there is no reason why new mothers should skimp on breastfeeding.

6. Breastfeeding can Help with Weight Loss

Breastfeeding burns calories! The number of calories burned during breastfeeding can vary widely among individuals and depends on factors such as milk production and body composition, not just body type.

Also, because you need to take some breaks while breastfeeding, you get plenty of exercise while caring for your little one.

There is no specific formula for how many calories you burn while breastfeeding; every woman is different.

Although this benefit may not be significant considering how much exercise most new moms already get during pregnancy and caring for their new baby after birth, it does help keep off extra pounds without too much effort.

7. It Helps Prevent Breast Cancer

Breastfeeding is associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. Still, the specific percentage risk reduction can vary based on numerous factors, including duration of breastfeeding, individual risk factors, and study design.

Women who have never breastfed but also have a family history of the disease may face double or triple the risk of women without that family history.


Ultimately, breastfeeding has a host of benefits for both mother and child. You know this because you are in the medical field, but it is also important that you let new mothers know the same so that they can act accordingly.

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Current Version
February 9, 2022
Written By
Shubham Grover
March 26, 2024
Updated By
Franco Cuevas, MD

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