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I’m nursing my second baby right now, my first was breastfed for over a year, and it was her who decided that she was done with it. So no wonder I’m quite interested with the subject :). And since most information that we hear talks about the general health benefits for the baby, and extra cuddle time with mummy, well I wanted to go a bit beyond that, and look into the advantages for both woman and child. So here are some cool facts, some from research and some from my personal experience, that you might have not known about breastfeeding :

1. It is linked to prevent breast cancer , so basically the longer you nurse the lower are your chances to get breast cancer.
(more info : http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264796.php
And, http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/about-cancer/cancer-questions/how-is-breast-feeding-related-to-breast-cancer)

2. Poop of a baby exclusively breastfed does not really stink.

3. Exclusive breastfeeding is associated with less colic .
(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22205210)

4. Breastfeeding is also associated with baby’s longer nocturnal sleep thanks to melatonin that is present in mothers milk .
(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22205210)

5. Each time you nurse your body is giving you a gift; a feel good hormone (oxytocin) is being released. As an effect you feel content, satisfied and happy as if you would have had chocolate or been kissing a lot !:)
(http://www.livescience.com/35219-11-effects-of-oxytocin.html)

6. If you are nursing at night lying in bed on the side:
you almost don’t need to wake up, so you sleep better.

7. It can be more difficult than you thought it would be. You might need help of a lactation consultant, who actually will help you solve your breastfeeding problems.

8. Research shows the link between breastfeeding and lower risk of allergies.
(http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/News-and-Research/Research/Allergy/Breastfeeding-reduces-risk-of-five-types-of-allergic-disease/)

9. There is no pattern, if you were struggling with your first child, second one can pleasantly surprise you. You might have more milk and your child might latch better.

10. Breastfeeding is associated with better cognitive development of children.
(More info : http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/106317.php)

And if you ever wondered  why do people get offended when you nurse in public, click here.

5 Comments on 10 things You didn’t know about breastfeeding

  1. Christina
    September 25, 2014 at 9:28 pm (3 years ago)

    One of my favorite benefits of breastfeeding:
    If Mom is getting sick, the breastmilk provides antibodies to the baby =)

    Reply
    • lazymomsmail@gmail.com
      October 1, 2014 at 1:03 am (3 years ago)

      I think I forgot this one ! But it did save me twice, when I was so sick, and my toddler, but not the baby ! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Shanna
    April 8, 2015 at 12:49 am (2 years ago)

    Um #2… yeah, my little one’s smelled exactly like cheese.

    Reply
  3. T. Whiteside
    August 31, 2015 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I reduced to just nursing at night, how can I increase and rebuild my milk flow?

    Reply
    • Joanna
      August 31, 2015 at 3:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Milk supply during breast feeding adjusts to the demand, so try offering your milk to your baby more during the day and your milk supply will increase. So next time, before feeding your baby with food (or formula), when your baby is actually hungry, try breast feeding. And even if your baby is not used to nursing during the day anymore, if it’s hungry, it will eventually nurse. And even if you feel like there’s no milk there, then if you still nurse at night, your body is still able to produce more milk, and after a couple of days, you should have milk during the day ,and since the milk is actually being produced on the spot, while you nurse, it’ll rebuild. So don’t worry, just stay consistent and offer your milk to your baby at least 3 to 4 times a day when your baby is hungry. Good luck!

      Reply

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