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12 Interesting breastfeeding facts you should know about!

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By Stylish mamas.

Date: 01/07/2016

 

It's always a good idea to find out more about something before you commit to it. So why not learn about breastfeeding before you become a new mom. Test your breastfeeding knowledge by reading these facts to better understand how amazing women’s bodies truly are and if you are already breastfeeding, it's always nice to learn something new about breastfeeding that you didn't know about! So we have come up with a list of breastfeeding facts that we think are worth knowing and some of them are just mind blowing! :)

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1. 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.

 

2. 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.

 

3. Producing breast milk consumes 25% of the body’s energy; the brain only uses 20% by comparison.

 

4. Breast milk is filled with special components that are designed to help fight infection and cut down on swelling in the breast. So, if your breasts are sore those first few days, gently massaging some of your milk into your nipples and breasts can soothe the soreness and speed up recovery.

 

5. Breastfeeding can actually reduce baby’s risk of disease later in life, including:
• Type I and II diabetes
• Hodgkin’s disease
• Leukaemia
• Obesity
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol levels
• Crohn’s disease
• Ulcerative colitis
• Asthma
• Eczema

 

6. Because of its distinctive scent, breastfed babies can practically pick their moms out of a line-up based on smell alone. It is a well-established fact that new-borns have a strong sense of smell and know the unique scent of your breast milk. That is why your baby will turn his or her head to you when he or she is hungry.

 

7. Breast milk sprays out of many holes, not just one. The exact number varies from mom to mom and the amount of breast milk a mom produces has nothing to do with her breast size.

 

8. When your baby first starts to nurse, your milk is a watery bluish colour. Toward the end of the feeding session, your baby gets to thicker, fattier milk, which gives your baby the calories needed to grow healthy and strong.

 

9. Almost three-quarters of moms produce more milk with their right breast (and it has nothing to do with being right-handed).

 

10. New-borns held skin-to-skin in the first hour or two after birth may push their way toward mom’s breast and start feeding on their own.

 

11. Breastfeeding reduces mama’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis. The longer she breastfeeds, the higher the benefit. In fact, a woman who breastfeeds for 8 years has nearly a 0% risk of breast cancer.
Get this—breastfeeding a baby girl actually reduces her lifetime risk of breast cancer by 25%.

 

12. Moms can still breastfeed while sick. In fact, it’s good for your baby. When you get sick, your body starts fighting the illness by making antibodies, which then get passed on to your baby. By the time you show symptoms of illness, guess what? Your baby has already been exposed to the virus or bacteria, which boosts your baby’s immune system. By continuing to breastfeed, you're not just keeping your milk supply up, but you’re further protecting your baby from getting sick in the future!

 

Sources: Womenshealth.gov, thebump.com, health-foundations.com

 

You can read more at the following : http://www.health-foundations.com/blog/2013/11/19/15-cool-facts-about-breastfeeding

http://www.thebump.com/a/11-things-you-didnt-know-about-breastfeeding

http://womenshealth.gov/itsonlynatural/addressing-myths/incredible-facts-about-babies-breast-milk.html

 

Also if you are interested in Bodywork Massage whilst pregnant, you can read more at http://www.bodyworkmassage.co.uk/ where Lubna offers free help and guidance for women who can benefit from pregnancy massage.

 

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