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15 Incredible Facts About Breastfeeding

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We’ve all heard that breastfeeding is amazing, both for mother and for baby, but here are some facts about breastfeeding you may not know about:

  1. Breast milk is not just for drinking! There are lots of surprising uses for breast milk.
  2. Breast milk boosts baby’s immune system, helping baby fight viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections.
  3. Breastfeeding can actually reduce baby’s risk of disease later in life.
  4. Breastfeeding a baby girl actually reduces her lifetime risk of breast cancer by 25%.
  5. Almost 75% of all moms produce more milk in their right breast, whether they are right- or left- handed.
  1. Breastfeeding reduces mommy’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.
  2. Breastfeeding helps mama heal faster in the postpartum, helping her uterus return to pre-pregnancy size faster and lowering overall postpartum blood loss.
  3. Mommy’s body is constantly making the perfect milk for baby. Milk changes its nutritional profile as baby grows.. 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.
  4. Breastfeeding reduces baby’s risk of cavities later on and may lower the chance they will need braces as kids.
  5. Breastfed infants are at lower risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  1. Mommy’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.
  2. Breast milk contains substances that promote sleep and calmness in babies.
  3. Breastfeeding calms mommy and helps her bond to baby.
  4. More than 30 components have been found in colostrum, 13 of which are unique to breast milk.
  5. Breast feeding is especially good for babies when they become ill. It is high in antibodies. When a baby is sick, the baby’s saliva stimulates the breast to make antibodies specific to the illness.

What else have you heard about breast feeding?

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