Now it is an established fact that babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives have stronger immunity and are generally healthier with less risk of infection.

Besides breastfeeding also have multiple health benefits for mothers. Research has even suggested that a mother’s future well-being could be impacted by how regular she was in feeding her baby. Check out some lesser known facts about how breastfeeding can help the mother:

1. Delays fertility: If you are exclusively breastfeeding then you do not resume your period immediately and this can help you plan birth control better.

2. Promotes postpartum weight loss: Exclusive nursing helps reduce your hip circumference and you are able to return to your pre-pregnancy weight within a month.

3. Lowers chances of osteoporosis: Women who breastfeed are less likely to show signs of osteoporosis.

4. Lowers risk of various cancers: Increased duration of lactation lowers your risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers.

5. Decreases insulin requirement: Breastfeeding decreases insulin requirements in diabetic women. Post-delivery you will need reduced insulin doses.

6. Helps in emotional health: Breastfeeding helps you connect with your baby faster and deal better with anxiety and depression.