Fascinating Breastfeeding Facts

  • Who needs the gym? The metabolic energy needed to breastfeed a baby each day is the amount you’d use to walk seven miles.

 

  • It’s not always easy to learn, but it is instinctual. Newborns held skin-to-skin in the first hour or two after birth may push their way toward mum’s breast and start feeding on their own.

 

  • Liquid gold. Human milk is sold on the Internet for £3 per ounce. That’s about 262 times the price of oil.

 

  • You’re probably a righty. Almost three-quarters of mums produce more milk with their right breast (and it has nothing to do with being right-handed).

 

  • Distinctive scent. Breastfed babies can practically pick their mums out of a lineup based on smell alone.

 

  • Know your nipple. Breast milk sprays out of many holes, not just one. The exact number varies from mum to mum.

 

  • Bigger isn’t necessarily better. The amount of breast milk a mum produces has nothing to do with her breast size.

 

  • Implants don’t impact. Most women with breast implants are still able to breastfeed.

 

  • A “breastfeeding high.” Nursing a baby triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which relaxes both mum and baby.

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