Fascinating Facts About Breastfeeding

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We have a few fascinating facts about breastfeeding that you will love to know!

  • Who needs the gym? The metabolic energy needed to breastfeed a baby each day is the amount you’d use to walk seven miles.
  • It’s not always easy to learn, but it is instinctual. Newborns held skin-to-skin in the first hour or two after birth may push their way toward mum’s breast and start feeding on their own.
  • Liquid gold. Human milk is sold on the Internet for £3 per ounce. That’s about 262 times the price of oil.
  • You’re probably a righty. Almost three-quarters of mums produce more milk with their right breast (and it has nothing to do with being right-handed).
  • Distinctive scent. Breastfed babies can practically pick their mums out of a lineup based on smell alone.
  • Know your nipple. Breast milk sprays out of many holes, not just one. The exact number varies from mum to mum.
  • Bigger isn’t necessarily better. The amount of breast milk a mum produces has nothing to do with her breast size.
  • Implants don’t impact. Most women with breast implants are still able to breastfeed.
  • A “breastfeeding high.” Nursing a baby triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which relaxes both mum and baby.

 

From MAM
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About the author
Kate Hilton
Katie Hilton is a dual qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor. Her experience has been mainly in labour delivery, postnatal and public/family health setting within both the hospital and community. Katie has experience working with families in both the UK, North America and Asia. Her specialist areas include infant feeding, sleep and child development. Katie currently practices independently as a Midwife and Health Visitor and provides specialist advice to parents and families on behalf of the parenting press and nursery industry brands.