16 Things You Didn’t Know About Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding or nursing is the natural manner of giving essential nutrients to your baby. It helps to boost the body resistance or immunity of the new born and induces growth. Breast milk consists of vitamins, fat and protein which are the essential mixture for the babies. Along with these, the antibodies present in the milk helps the infant to fight against viruses and bacteria.

There are multiple benefits of breastfeeding for both Mumma and Baby, about which the majority of ladies are not aware. Here is the list of the facts that you didn’t know earlier. Scroll down and have a look!

  1. Healthy Mother and a healthy baby: The most important thing about breastfeeding is it makes both, the mother and new baby happy and healthy. It reduces maternal stress and depression which is not good for the infant. A depressed mother will always find harder to create a strong bond and secure attachment with her baby in later life. Breastfeeding brings both of them closer and develops an emotional bond between Mumma and Baby.

  2. Reduces infant deaths: Breastfeeding helps to reduce the risk of infant deaths. Breast milk consists of essential mixtures such as fat, protein and vitamins that help the baby in its growth. According to the UNICEF, it is estimated that nursing up to the recommended period could save the little lives. In addition to this, breastfeeding restricts respiratory infections, ear infections, and urinary tract to a great extent. It also reduces the risk of SIDS, i.e., Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Nursing is helpful in making the child stronger, smarter, brighter and intelligent too. Moreover, in the long run, breastfeeding lowers the chances of obesity, cardiovascular diseases, sleeping disorders, asthma, dermatitis, diabetes, and respiratory infections.

  3. Breastfeeding prevents breast cancer: Here is good news for all mummas that while feeding the baby, they are preventing themselves from a serious disease. A two thousand Meta analysis reported that in later life, nursing helps to lower the risk of breast cancer.

  4. Get the correct posture: Having the right posture while breastfeeding will help you a lot. The most comfortable and easiest position for both Mumma and the new baby is the cross cradle. The best posture is placing the hand in U shape under the breast. Mothers must ensure to use a breastfeeding pillow while breastfeeding. It is important to have their arms, back and baby support strongly on something by sitting. The face of the infant should be in a line facing towards the chest and hugging the mother’s breast with their arms. Make sure to hold firmly the neck, shoulder, head and the body of the baby.

  5. Make the latch right: Make the baby open the mouth as wide as they can by teasing their mouth with nipples. Keep the nipples on their nose when they open their mouth wider and hug your baby. The infant will tilt their head in the back and then move the nipples around their mouth. Press the chin against the breast and ensure that the nose should touch the breast. Mummas should notice that the jaw of their babies should move forth and back; and not upwards and downwards. This is the correct latch. It will help the Mumma not to swallow with each suck and the baby will also feed properly.

  6. Skin to skin contact: It needs a complex interaction of hormones such as oxytocin and prolactin for producing breast milk. When Mumma and baby have skin contact with others, it increases the hormones which are often called, Kangaroo Care. Mothers should sometime put the naked body of their baby on the bare chest and allow them to hug or sleep. It will give relaxation and soothing feeling to both Mumma and baby. This will also help to increase the supply of breast milk. The more mothers offer sin to skin contact with their infants, the better bonding it will create between them.

  7. Neutralize HIV: Breast milk is able to neutralize the HIV causing virus. According to a research report provided by the Duke University Medical Center in the year 2012, breast milk contains isolated antibodies from B cells. When a mother nurses her infant, it produces the antibodies that restrict the virus causing HIV AIDS.

  8. Milk changes during every nursing: The breast milk changes in each feed. In the initial stage, mothers produce foremilk which is watery. Foremilk possesses the ability for hydrating the new born baby. Once, the baby has fed, their thirst quenched which changes the milk into the hind milk. It is quite thicker than foremilk and consists of fat, proteins, minerals and vitamins with high fat that helps to meet the energy need of the baby.

  9. Changes color: Yeah! Many of the women will surprise to know that breast milk sometimes changes its color. If you are taking healthy and nutritious diet, especially green veggies then it may increase the possibility of changing color.

  10. Breast milk contains alcohol: Just as breast milk changes the color and taste, similarly, sometimes it becomes a little bit alcoholic in flavor.

  11. One is milkier than other: Yes! It is true. Due to the glandular tissue, one breast can often bigger and milkier than the other one. This glandular tissue is responsible for the production of milk.

  12. Makes you confident and bold: Women who breastfeed their babies are more likely to be confident and bold. They also share a strong bond and emotional connection with each other. Breastfeeding also makes Mumma to take support and stand for their babies.

  13. One liter milk in a day: Shocked! Yes, a common woman can normally produce 800 ml of milk for breastfeeding in twenty-four hours. It is also reported that some mothers have a large storage capacity to hold milk in their breast while some women can store below 800 ml.

  14. May gives you cramps: Sometimes, the body releases the oxytocin hormone while feeding their infants. It also let the uterus to get back on its normal size. This is the only reason when you feel cramping or contractions in your stomach during the early days of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is also quite painful and hard. But it reduces maternal stress and depression.

  15. Know the nipples: Sometimes, breast milk gets out from many pores. It comes out like a spray. The number of holes of the nipples varies from woman to woman. But usually, it lies between ten and twenty.

  16. No periods: Mothers probably will not get periods while breastfeeding their new born babies.

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