Things You Didn’t Know About Breastfeeding and Breastmilk
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural practices out there. It is a way for us moms to feed and nourish our baby, all while forming a magnificent, life long bond. As natural as breastfeeding comes to so many moms, there is actually so much more to it.
Here are some interesting facts about breastfeeding and breastmilk that might surprise you:
- Big breasts do not mean more milk. Women with small breasts and even breast implants can produce enough milk to feed their baby.
- All breastmilk has a unique scent, and your baby will recognize the scent of your breastmilk and know that it is coming from your breast.
- Breastmilk can taste like the food you eat. By eating a wide variety of foods, your baby will be developing a well-rounded palate and taste for different foods.
- Most moms experience a different level of production of milk in each breast. Strangely enough most moms seem to produce more milk in the left breast than the right, and other moms are vice versa.
- Your body helps adjust your breastmilk to the climate. If it is hot, or you are experiencing a heatwave, your milk will adjust its temperature to quench your baby’s thirst and help keep your baby hydrated.
- Breastfeeding can cause you to be hungry all the time. This is because it takes additional calories to produce enough breastmilk for your baby.
- Breastmilk is produced on a supply and demand basis. The higher the demand, the more milk produced.
- Breastfeeding moms have a higher body temperature, which can sometimes cause night sweats as well.
- Some moms find their underarm hair stops growing while they are breastfeeding.
- Once your breasts settle into a steady production, they will start to feel soft again. This doesn’t mean that you have started producing less milk.
- The hormone oxytocin, which is released during nursing, helps the uterus return to its original size and shape after childbirth.
- Breastmilk contains live cells, and these can even be seen under a microscope.
- Nursing requires a heavy amount of metabolic energy, which is why many moms find they lose weight while breastfeeding.
- Your breastmilk can change appearance from day to day. Sometimes it can appear blue, sometimes yellow, sometimes super creamy and other days it can be watery. It all depends on what your baby might need.
- If you are breastfeeding twins, each breast will produce milk specific to the baby it feeds.
- Antibodies to certain infections can be created and transferred to your baby through breastmilk. Your body picks up on any potential viruses in your baby’s saliva, and in turn, creates antibodies to fight these.
Breastmilk is truly incredible. For something so natural and fundamental, it is such a complex and complete form of nutrition for babies!