Breastfeeding is a hot topic of conversation nowadays and it seems like everyone has an opinion on how we should feed our kids. But what are the real facts of the matter? Well we’re gonna tell you right here, right now! We’ve hunted down 15 amazing breastfeeding facts that will open your eyes to the how wonderful this really is.
1. Breast milk can help babies to sleep.
That’s right, breast milk contains substances that help your baby to fall asleep and feel relaxed. And if they’re getting more sleep, we’re getting more sleep so it’s a win-win situation!
2. Breastfeeding can help you to sleep too!
On average, breastfeeding moms sleep for 45 minutes longer every night than moms who use formula, well, until baby decided it’s time for you to wake up! As if you needed a better reason to breastfeed than more precious sleep!
3. Most moms are righties
Most moms produce 75% more milk in their right breast than their left. And it doesn’t matter if you’re right or left handed, the results stay the same. Weird!
4. It’s all about that immune system
Breast milk contains antibodies that boost baby’s immune system and help them to fight off diseases like the flu, pneumonia and bacterial meningitis! It’s all about keeping your little one happy and healthy.
5. And it doesn’t stop when they’re babies!
Breastfeeding sets baby’s immune system up for life, not just while they’re young. It can help to fight off leukemia, asthma, diabetes, and others in later life too. They’ll be fighting fit for life!
6. It even helps teeth!
Breastfeeding can help to reduce the chance of cavities AND the chance of your little one needing braces. They’ll have a smile as bright as the sun!
7. Babies only use 67% of your milk
Because babies just drink until they’re full, they only use around 67% of the milk that Mom has available at any one time. If only I had that much restraint with my diet!
8. Breastfeeding can help you to lose the baby weight
Yep, we can forget the diet after all, sisters! Breastfeeding can help you to return to your pre-baby weight as producing milk consumes around 1000 calories a day. This is why breastfeeding moms are advised to eat a little more every day to make up for it. Pass me some more cake!
9. It can also help you to heal
Not only will you be fitting into your jeans again soon, but breastfeeding can help you to heal following childbirth. It helps your uterus to return to it’s original size and helps to lower postpartum blood loss.
10. It takes serious energy!
Breastfeeding can take up 25% of the body’s energy, no wonder you’re so tired all the time! The brain takes up 20% of your body’s energy so that’s a huge amount of work that’s going into giving your little one the nutrients they need.
11. Lower risk of SIDS
Studies have shown that breastfed babies ban be up to 70% less likely to suffer from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
12. Lower risk of breast cancer
This one isn’t just good for baby, but for mom too! Breastfeeding can reduce Mom’s risk of both breast and ovarian cancer and, if your baby’s a girl, can reduce her lifetime risk of breast cancer by up to 25% too!
13. Mom’s milk is always perfect
As your body changes on a day-to-day basis so does your breastmilk, adapting to give your baby what it needs most. For example, breast milk can contain more water on a hot day to make sure your baby is hydrated. How clever is that?
14. It’s not just the milk that’s smart!
Mom’s breasts can detect the temperature of your baby and change the temperature of your milk accordingly. They can even detect change that’s as little as one degree and adapt to what your baby needs! Do you feel more amazing yet? Because you should!
15. It saves you money!
Breastfeeding can save your family up to $4,000 a year when compared with the cost of formula! Imagine what you could do with all of that cash!
There we go, mamas, 15 amazing breastfeeding facts that you can wow your friends and family with! Share this article with them now and leave us a comment below to let us know which of these facts knocked your socks off!