1. Breastfeeding helps you get back in shape!
The metabolic energy needed to breastfeed ONE baby each day is the same amount you’d use on a 7-mile walk!
2. Good health for Mama AND Baby!
It reduces Mom’s risk of breast cancer, as well as other cancers and heart disease. A mother who has breastfed for over seven years collectively has close to 0% risk of developing breast cancer. What’s more, a baby girl who breastfed also has a reduced risk of breast cancer.
3. Postpartum healing help!
The hormones released during breastfeeding help your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size.
4. Super powers!
Breast milk itself contains components which help fight off infection and reduce swelling. Rubbing a little on sore nipples can help heal cracked, chafed skin. Some mamas even use expressed breast milk to fight family ailments such as ear infections and pink eye.
Almost 75% of breastfeeding moms produce more milk from the right breast than from the left. And it has nothing to do with being right-handed.
6. Size does NOT matter.
From A cups to triple Ds…you will make the right amount of milk for your baby (barring certain rare medical conditions).
7. And I’m feelin’ good…
Breastfeeding may protect against postpartum mood disorders, including depression. Women who exclusively breastfeed are less likely to be diagnosed with postpartum depression during the first four months of Baby’s life. A contributing factor is the excessive production of oxytocin during nursing sessions. Oxytocin is a hormone which cultivates feelings of relaxation, happiness and love.
8. Oxytocin and leaking…
About that oxytocin — your breasts may respond to the production of the hormone during OTHER activities that cultivate feelings of happiness and love. Sex, for example, can be a milky affair! Thinking of your baby, seeing a picture of your baby or even hearing a stranger’s baby cry can also bring on strong and sudden milk letdown.
9. The milk isn’t always white!
Though often white or cream-colored, breast milk can also be yellow, green or blue! The consistency can be watery, oily or thick and creamy. All of this is normal!
10. It is 100% tailor-made.
Though donor milk provides a wonderful solution for mothers experiencing problems with feeding, a mother’s milk is made specifically for her own child. It also changes throughout the day to suit the shifting needs of the nursling.