You've probably heard that breastfeeding is good for the baby and for the mother, but here are few things about breastfeeding that you might not know...
Whether you already have breastfeeding your baby or you are pregnant, we bring you 16 interesting facts that will help you better understand what exactly happens during this special act between mothers and baby.
1. Any breast milk has a unique smell and babies can feel the difference between the milk of their mothers and milk from some other women.
2. Breast milk has healing properties, so when your breasts are sore from the baby's breastfeeding, milk can alleviate the pain. Try massaging the breast with breast milk and you will see that you will soon feel better.
3. Babies that breastfeed are at lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
4. Thanks to breastfeeding you will save more money.
5. The risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and breast and ovarian cancer can be reduced if you are breastfeeding.
6. Mothers may breastfeed while they are sick - because baby has been exposed to the virus or bacteria even before mothers have symptoms appear. In addition, breast milk during this period is good for the baby, because the body during illness creates antibodies that fight with the virus, and mothers are transferring them to the baby with breastfeeding.
7. The quantity of milk that you produce has nothing to do with the size of your breasts before you had a baby.
8. Your body can be quickly restored to its original condition (before pregnancy), due to breast-feeding. The hormones produced during breastfeeding can help your uterus to return to the same size before pregnancy.
9. Breastfeeding can lose same number of calories as when you walked 11 kilometers.
10. Children that are breastfeeding are less sick - not only breast milk reduces the risk of infection and stomach problems, but also reduces the risk of asthma, diabetes, obesity in childhood and future.
11. Through milk, babies are getting a slight taste of the food you eat, which later facilitates the introduction of solid foods in her diet.
12. Direct contact skin-to-skin in the first few hours of a baby's life facilitates breastfeeding. In this way, the baby strengthens your instinct to suck, and mother's breasts can detect if the baby's body temperature varies.
13. In nearly 75 percent mom right breast produces more milk.
14. Milk does not come only from one hole to the nipple, and also, the number of holes varies from mother to mother.