Fascinating Breastfeeding Facts

  • In the mother, breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression.
  • Breast feeding is not a sure way to prevent pregnancy.
  • The flavor of breast milk changes depending on what the mother eats.  This exposes baby to a variety of tastes over time. This exposure to different flavors may make introducing solids easier later on.
  • Research shows a correlation between being breastfed and having better weight control/ reduced risk of obesity later in life.
  • When an infant breastfeeds, the breast is stimulated such that the pituitary gland releases two hormones: Prolactin and Oxytocin. This triggers the “let-down” (milk ejection) reflex. It also helps the uterus contract and shrink back to its normal size.
  • On average, it takes about 1000 calories per day to produce breast milk.  It is recommended that breastfeeding women consume an additional 500 calories per day.
  • About 75% of mothers produce more milk in their right breast than their left.
  • Breast milk has several uses other than feeding baby. See a list here:

   http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/using-breast-milk.html

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