Top 12 things you may not know about breast feeding
Breast feeding is one of the wonders of motherhood. Here are some breast feeding facts and benefits you may not know.
We’ve collected some of the more unusual facts about breast feeding that you may or may not know.
Did you know:
- The flavour of breast milk changes depending on what you eat
- It’s possible to breast feed from one breast only – and breast feed twins, and even triplets!
- Breast milk is digested in one and a half hours, which is why some babies feed so frequently (it’s not because your supply is low)
- You make more watery or thirst quenching milk in the morning, and less volume but fattier milk in the evening. This is why your baby may want to cluster feed or fuss feed in the evenings.
- Your milk producing hormone prolactin is highest in the middle of the night. This spike helps make more milk for the next day and why you should try to avoid skipping the 2am feed/cluster feeds.
- Let-down can be faster in one breast and can result in baby preferring that breast
- Breast feeding helps your uterus return to its normal size after childbirth
- Expressed breast milk separates into milk and cream when stored (you just need to swirl it before use)
- Feeding baby in an upright position, if the mother’s milk supply is rapid, can prevent wind by slowing down the speed at which baby swallows the milk
- If baby is refusing one breast, try the slide-over position – simply slide baby across from the preferred breast to the other breast, in the same position
- Some mothers experience a slight drop in milk supply when they have a period but supply will increase again afterwards
- When a baby is teething, sore gums may make him or her feed differently, which can cause sore nipples – make sure the baby is positioned correctly to prevent damage