Health sequelae of breastfeeding for the mother

Clin Perinatol. 1999 Jun;26(2):491-503, viii-ix.

Abstract

Breastfeeding is known to demand use of maternal nutrient stores, but few comment on the positive health benefits of breastfeeding for the mother. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of postpartum blood loss by increasing the rate of uterine contraction, lowers the risk of postpartum blood loss by increasing the rate of uttering contraction, lowers the risk of postpartum blood loss by increasing the rate of uterine contraction, lowers the risk of premenopausal breast cancer and also reduces the risk of ovarian cancer, reduces lifetime menstrual blood loss, may reduce rate or severity of infections, may reduce the risk of spinal and hip fracture after menopause, and may support bonding with the infant as well as an improved sense of self-esteem and success with mothering. This article reviews the literature on short- and long-term sequelae of breastfeeding for women.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding*
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans