Breastfeeding Benefits & Barriers: Uterine Involution

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Introductory Topics
Table of Contents
Pre module evaluation
The History of Breastfeeding
The Advantages of Breastfeeding for the Baby
The Advantages of Breastfeeding for the Mother
Breastfeeding Statistics in the United States
Barriers to Breastfeeding
Post module evaluation

Breastfeeding causes the release of prolactin and oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone that causes uterine contractions. The release of oxytocin while breastfeeding speeds uterine involution. This may also cause cramps while breastfeeding in the postpartum period.

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