After carrying a baby for nine/ten months, giving birth and the exhaustion of living with a newborn, it can be quite hard for women to feel like their pre-baby self again. I felt like a zombie; waking up ever 1.5h to breastfeed, so much laundry, sorry, but poop and spit up everywhere – that’s not exactly attractive. It may take a few weeks or even months to feel sexy again. There are things you can do to help in the process.
Not every woman chooses to, but it’s undeniably the best for both, baby and mom. Besides all the health benefits, such as it containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs, it’s also packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness and it protects you from certain cancers and reduce your stress level.
Breastmilk is undoubtedly the best food a mom can offer to her baby. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding alone for at least six months for the well being of the baby. Breastmilk is a complete package of nutritious elements that include stem cells, WBCs, antibodies, and hormones that help the baby to fight infection and to develop immunity. If the baby falls sick, unfortunately, the breastmilk itself functions as a medicine, as it is rich in antibodies. Premature babies, who are breastfed recovers and comes home earlier from NICU.
It is also true that the breastmilk improves the bond and the connection between the mom and the baby. The breasts produce a special kind of milk called ‘colostrum’, in the first few days in a meager quantity. The colostrum is rich in nutrients that are essential for the development of the baby’s digestive tract. Do you know that the breast milk contains oxytocin, that induces sleep, which is essential for an infant? It is believed that the more we try to nurse the baby, the better our breast responds by making more milk. Click to read more about the benefits of breast milk.
Did you know that breastfeeding can burn up to 500 calories a day? If you wish to lose weight, breastfeeding is definitely your number one aid. If you do workout, remember that healthy weight loss means losing weight in the paste that you’ve put it on, so be patient with your body – you just went through a major transformation.