Nursing benefits moms too
Once you get the hang of it, breastfeeding is convenient, since there's no formula to mix or bottles to wash, and you have a ready supply wherever you go. But that's not all: Some moms find that breastfeeding helps them lose weight, says Pamela Berens, MD, an ob-gyn and lactation consultant at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. And research shows that mothers gain health benefits as well. Nursing has been associated with a lower risk for breast and ovarian cancers.