Breastfeeding Benefits

Breastfeeding Benefits


Breastfeeding actually changes the way a mother's brain works, making her more attuned to the child's crying.


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Oxytocin increases as women look at their babies, or hear their babies' coos and cries, or snuggle with their babies. An increase in oxytocin during breastfeeding may help explain why researchers have found that breastfeeding mothers are more sensitive to the sound of their babies' cries than non-breastfeeding mothers. "Breastfeeding mothers show a greater level of [brain] responses to the baby's cry compared with formula-feeding mothers in the first month postpartum."


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