11 Amazing Breastfeeding Facts You Will Love

11 Amazing Breastfeeding Facts You Will Love

 

 

 

We have had the privilege to work with breastfeeding moms and babies for over 20 years. Here are some of our favorite breastfeeding facts.

11 Amazing Breastfeeding Facts

 

1.  Every mother provides “custom made” breast milk, containing specific antibodies to the germs in her environment. This is a great reason to continue breastfeeding while fighting a bug (like the flu!).

 

2.  The taste of your breast milk will change according to the foods you eat. (Formula always tastes the same.) Research has shown that the varied flavors in breast milk can make it easier to introduce solid foods to the baby later on. (Riordan, J. & Wambach, K. (2010). Breastfeeding and Human Lactation 4th ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.)

 

3.  Breastfeeding can be protective against becoming pregnant. There is less than a 2% chance of becoming pregnant while breastfeeding if:

  • your baby is under six months old
  • your menstrual cycle has not returned (bleeding or spotting during the first 56 days after childbirth is not considered menstrual bleeding)
  • your baby feeds on demand both day and night
  • your baby eats no other food or liquids

This is called LAM (Lactational Amenorrhea Method) birth control.

 

4.  The benefits of breastfeeding are ‘dose related. For example, a baby who is breastfed for longer than 4 months has a lower risk of developing diabetes than a baby breastfed for 2 months. Read more here.

 

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5.  Breastfeeding saves health care dollars. A study in 2010 concluded “If 90% of US families could breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, $13 billion per year would be saved and an excess of 911 deaths.” (Bartick, M. & Reinhold, A. (2010) The Burden of Suboptimal Breastfeeding in the United States: A Pediatric Cost-Analysis. Pediatrics, 10(1542), 1048-1056.)

 

 

6.  Your nipple has more than one opening for milk to come out. The use of ultrasound has determined that the average number is between five and nine (previously it was thought that there was 15-25 openings). (Mohrbacher, N., Stock, J. & Newton, E. (2012 Update). The Breastfeeding Answer Book Schaumburg IL: La Leche League Intl.)

 

7.  Green cabbage leaves have been shown to reduce swelling when breasts are engorged. You can read more here.

 

8.  Breast milk helps to save money in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. For preterm babies in intensive care, every $1.00 spent on pasteurized donor milk results in a savings of $11.00 in medical costs. Feeding preemies breast milk shortens their stay in hospital and reduces their risk for necrotizing enterocolitis and other infections. Learn more here.

 

9.  When baby suckles on the breast, the hormone oxytocin is released. Oxytocin causes the uterus to contract. Although these contractions can be uncomfortable, they help the uterus to return to it’s pre-pregnancy size.

 

Breastfeeding facts

 

10.  When hospital practices are based on the Baby Friendly Initiative’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, women are 4.3 times more likely to exclusively breastfeed. Read more here.

 

11.  Your right to breastfeed anywhere, anytime is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms! Find out more here.

 

 

Other posts you may enjoy: Breastfeeding Trivia: 16 Random Facts and Breastmilk or Formula… Is there Really a Difference?

 


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About the authors:

Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.

Download their app NuuNest – Newborn Nurse Answers and Baby Tracking for expert guidance through the first crucial weeks after childbirth.

 


2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Todd says:

    Hi Cindy and Jana,
    I hope that the two of you won’t mind if a guy expresses his opinion on your blog.This may sound rather strange to say,but it truly bothers me that NO ONE else has taken the time to say what I’m going to say.And what I want to say is this.First off,I have an ULTRA SOFT spot in my heart for both mothers and babies!!! In addition to that,I also have a GREAT love for WONDERFUL ladies like the two of you who have such PASSION and COMMITMENT for helping women give their babies the very BEST they can give them!!! In my opinion a value can’t be placed on that! If I only had the space to do it,I would LOVE to tell you just how I came to have these deep-seated feelings for mothers and babies and breastfeeding.Anyway,thank you for reading my comment and again THANK YOU for what you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • cindyandjana says:

      Thanks for your comment Todd. We would love to hear your story. You can contact us via our “Get in Touch” page.

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