4 Interesting Facts in Honor of Breastfeeding Week
In honor of the World Breastfeeding Week, here are some interesting facts about BFing:
- Producing breast milk consumes 25% of the body’s energy; the brain only uses 20% by comparison. So, all new mamas, you know how we all get VERY tired with a newborn? That’s WHY!
- Almost 75% of all moms produce more milk in their right breast, whether they are right- or left- handed. Totally true for me! When I have to pump, I get twice as much from my right side! Is it true for you too?!
- Mom’s body is constantly making the perfect milk for baby. Milk changes its nutritional profile as baby grows: milk made for a 3 month old is different than for a 9 month old, so it is still beneficial for the baby even at 12 months. 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.
- While every woman is technically physiologically built to breastfeed, not everyone CAN. It is NOT as simple as a “supply/demand” mechanism, a number of things from inflamed thyroid ( which is very common after pregnancy), to low iron supplies can be a cause for a problem. Babies can sense that too! Researchers believe that some babies self-wean because they feel that bf-ing is not good for mom’s body any more. 🤗
Isn’t that cool?!
I am breastfeeding, but I had babies where we had to supplement too - soooo much harder to deal with bottles! Bottle feeding mamas, you are amazing!
Did you breastfeed or bottle feed?
Any cool facts you know about either one?