5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Breastfeeding

Mother Breastfeeding Baby

There’s much information about breastfeeding out there. We’ve collected the 5 most interesting facts there is to know about breastfeeding.

Did you know that you usually have one “super boob”? Or that yummy Thai takeaway could be your little one’s favourite meal? There is so much more to this liquid gold than you think you know.

The most eye-opening things you’ll learn in this read:

  • There are three different types of breast milk
  • Babies can smell you and your milk
  • You CAN enjoy alcohol
  • Your milk is alive (really!)
  • Size doesn’t matter

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding until 2 years old or longer because the benefits continue that long. You can start as early as one hour after birth for the biggest benefits.

Some of us might breastfeed for 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years. It’s a personal choice, and you do you girl! But here are a few fun facts that might make you want to choose breastfeeding when your bundle of joy arrives.

  1. There are three types of breastmilk – each with their unique properties.

The first days after you give birth, you’ll produce this goodness called colostrum. The yellow, thick substance contains three times as many proteins and antibodies than normal breast milk. It’s rich in both macro and micronutrients to give your tiny human all it needs in those precious first days of his or her life.

After colostrum your breasts will produce a creamy, thin milk called transitional milk. Compared to colostrum, transitional milk is higher in energy (kilojoules) and by is produced in larger amounts. The levels of antibodies and other immune cells also begin to decline from the levels in colostrum.

Lastly, there is mature milk, which continues to supply the baby with many essential nutrients and immune cells, and will adapt and change to meet their unique needs.

  1. Your baby can smell the unique scent of your breast milk from two feet away.

While a baby can recognise both of her parents, it's their distinct smell that helps them bond. Babies can tell when they are hungry and will turn their heads towards a breast that smells like their mother's milk. This is nature's design for an immediate and strong bond with a parent.

What’s even more peculiar is that newborn babies prefer to feed from an unwashed breast (that smells sweetly of mother’s milk) than from a clean one. New research has shown that babies have another irresistible link that keeps them breastfeeding…. The mother’s sweat!

  1. You can enjoy a glass of alcohol.

After dry-July lasted for 9 months, you might want to reach for the bubblies the second you give birth. Go for it, girl! After feeding bub, you can enjoy one glass if you make sure to wait approx. 1.5h ‘till the next feed. You can also test the milk with strips if you want to be completely safe, or some mums choose to “pump and dump” – even though there are mixed opinions about if this is really needed. Our special tip: if you choose to pump after a drink, don’t “dump” the milk but use it for a beautiful milk bath or create breastmilk jewellery. This ensures your precious milk won’t go to waste!

  1. *The hills are alive…* And your milk is too!

Breast milk is a living substance with living cells that adapt and change depending on your baby’s needs. This magical way biology works ensures that you will have the correct amount of milk with the nutrients your baby needs at that time! If your little one is sick, your breastmilk actually changes composition to help fight the infection. Isn’t it beautiful the way nature works?

  1. Size doesn’t matter.

You are just as capable of breastfeeding when you are part of the itti bitty titty committee or not. Your milk is being produced by your hormones and the production increases when baby start to drink more. Your breasts do not store milk – you will product milk on demand. This means that your supply is a matter of “supply and demand” and your cup size doesn’t matter! In fact, our collection has been designed for bigger and smaller sizes as there is no such thing as “one size fits all” when you’re breastfeeding.

The takeaway

No matter if you choose to breastfeed or not, your midwives and healthcare professional can guide you to the right methods and choices. Plus, there is always a beautiful community of women out there who are happy to give you their advice.

Join our Facebook Group to connect with other mums in a safe environment where we can all share tips & tricks on breastfeeding and motherhood.

You’ve got this, mumma.

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