July 15, 2018 2 min read
One of the most comment concerns for mothers is how they will provide the sufficient nourishment for their new-born baby, this is relevant to those who are first-time breastfeeders especially those who have trouble producing breastmilk.
Growing up, I was surrounded by mothers - My aunts, friends of my mom, and my older siblings. I was always curious about how breastfeeding works. There was even a time I asked my sister if I could hold her baby (my niece) and then I tried breastfeeding her myself. That time, I was so confused as to why there was no breastmilk coming out no matter how hard I pressed. Little did I know that there was a science behind it.
There are many interesting facts about breastfeeding and I will share some of them with you in this article. So here are 6 awesome facts about breastfeeding that you may not know!
1.) Breastmilk is the immune system's best friend - worried about your baby getting sick, why not breastfeed? Breastmilk strengthens your little one's immune system and thus lessens the risk of infections, viruses, colds, etc.
2.) You're most probably a righty (even if you're left-handed!) - Most breastfeeding mommas produce more milk in their right breast compared to the left one. And no, your "being a right/left-handed person" has nothing to do with this.
3.) Mommy flavored milk only! - one of the amazing skills our little ones have is their ability to distinguish using their sense of smell. This is why even at times our baby is in a room full of mothers, he/she will still turn towards us when he/she is hungry.
4.) Babies don't get all the good stuff! - If you thought that breastfeeding is beneficial only to our little ones then think again! It has been found out that breastfeeding lessens the risk of breast and ovarian cancer in mothers.
5.) Breastmilk for weight loss? - Other than the numerous immune system benefits that our little ones enjoy when they breastfeed, breastmilk is also found to aid in decreasing the risk of diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.
6.) Breastmilk is simply better! - Compared to commercial infant formula milk, it has been found that breastmilk is better in terms of essential vitamins, fats, carbohydrates, and even antibodies! When using infant formula milk, you have to consider other factors such as the water and bottle used, and if these two are not well sterilized your baby may be at risk of infection.
More amazing facts about breastfeeding is coming your way soon, so stay tuned to our blog post next week!