Sure, breast-feeding promotes bonding, and breast milk is healthiest for baby -- but it gets better. Breast-feeding helps new moms drop the baby weight.
The energy required for milk production is high: Upward of 600 calories per day to meet the needs of a healthy baby. Even taking into account the few hundred extra calories a nursing mom is supposed to eat to allow for this milk production, breast-feeding expends enough energy to be a pretty big assist in post-pregnancy weight loss.
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