How Does Breastfeeding Affect Mental Health?
Breastfeeding reduces the chances of obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma and other infections while providing nutrients.
Breastfeeding increases the release of happy hormones in the mother, which reduces the possibilities of postpartum depression.
Hormones During Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is the one act that offers the child the contact and access to the mother’s body and its provisions after coming out of her womb.
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Breastfeeding ensures a higher IQ, regulates sleep-wake cycles, builds attention, provides security and reduces chances of depression, anxiety in the child.
Disrupted lactation or lactation failure is when a mother does not produce enough or any milk to feed the baby due to biological reasons.
Professional counsellors help the mother adjust to nursing her child right after delivery if she faces barriers in feeding.