Breastfeeding is a remarkable experience where mom and baby can strengthen a bond that will last a lifetime. As many make think, there is a lot more to the breastfeeding time period than just mommy producing milk, and baby drinking it for sustenance.
1. Almost 75% of moms produce more milk with their right breast (and it has nothing to do with being right-handed).
2. Mama’s body is constantly making the perfect milk for baby. Milk changes its nutritional profile as baby grows (milk made for a 3 month old is different than for a 9 month old). Milk can even change day to day—for example, water content may increase during times of hot weather and baby-sickness to provide extra hydration.
3. Most women with breast implants are still able to breastfeed normally. Incisions made under the fold of the breast or through the armpit shouldn’t cause any trouble. A “smile” incision around the areola increases your risk of having breastfeeding problems.
4. The metabolic energy needed to breastfeed a baby each day is the amount you’d use to walk seven miles. So if you are a new mom and are worried about regaining your figure, but hate going to the gym. Do worry, just breastfeed.
5. There are several pores in each breast where milk comes out of, not just the single hole in the nipple. The exact number varies from mom to mom.
6. In case you were wondering, The amount of breast milk a mom produces has nothing to do with her breast size.
7. Mama’s breasts can detect even a one degree fluctuation in baby’s body temperature and adjust accordingly to heat up or cool down baby as needed. This is one reason skin-to-skin contact in the early days is so crucial.
8. Human milk boosts a baby’s immune system big time—helping baby fight viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections, including:
-Respiratory tract infections
-Urinary tract infections
-Common colds and flus
9. Producing breast milk consumes 25% of the body’s energy; the brain only uses 20% by comparison.
10. Newborns have a strong sense of smell and know the unique scent of your breast milk. That is one reason why your baby will turn his or her head to you when he or she is hungry.
11. Before your milk comes in, in the first few days after birth, your breasts make a thick, sticky, yellowish fluid sometimes referred to as “liquid gold.” Called colostrum, this liquid has the calcium, potassium, proteins, minerals, and antibodies your baby needs. Your baby needs only a few teaspoons to feel full and stay healthy until your milk flow increases, about two to five days after birth.
12. Breast milk can’t be duplicated: Breast milk is always changing, and it can’t be duplicated. No two mothers have the same breast milk, and breast milk taken from one woman during one part of the day won’t even be the same as a sample taken from the same woman later in the day.
13. It might sounds nauseating to you, but one prominent New York chef used his wife’s breast milk to make cheese and serve it in his restaurant. The New York Health Department quickly banned it,
14. You’ll leak— especially when you least expect it. Stock up on breast pads, ladies! Especially in the beginning, when your baby (or even another baby) cries, your breasts will let down on both sides. It may also happen when you look at your baby, at his photo, or when it’s time for a feeding.
15. Sex might be painful. Lack of estrogen can cause vaginal dryness and make intercourse painful. Use a water-based lubricant or talk to your OB/GYN about ways to cope.