Breastfeeding | Some Interesting Facts About Breastmilk & Breastfeeding

I thought it was time I shared with you all some of the interesting facts I have discovered about breast milk and breastfeeding in general since I started breastfeeding Aoife. Prior to this I had no idea!

  1. Breast milk helps boost a baby’s immune system, helping fight bacterial, viral and parasitic infections. According the UK’s NHS website breastfeeding reduces the risk of infections, diarrhoea and vomiting, SIDS, childhood leukaemia, type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease in adulthood.
  2. A baby’s saliva will send “messages” to the breast to aid in creating the perfect milk for them! So, for example, if you’re baby (or you) has a cold your breasts will create milk with antibodies to help fight the infection!
  3. A baby doesn’t just breastfeed to eat, they also use breastfeeding as comfort in a variety of situations (illness, tiredness, comfort etc.)
  4. There amazing health benefits for mothers that breastfeed, breastfeeding from birth helps the body to heal! Breastfeeding support the uterus in contracting back to it’s previous size, there is also less risk of PND and can act as a natural contraceptive in order to help the body heal from childbirth (most female bodies take 2 years to properly heal!)
  5. Other long term benefits for mother’s include lower risk of certain diseases including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and obesity. The longer and more you breastfeed, the lower the risks.
  6. The NHS currently recommends exclusively breastfeeding for the first 6 months of your baby’s life, then following this alongside food until the child is at least 2 years old. Although worldwide natural weaning age is anywhere between 4 and 7 years old!
  7. It is illegal to advertise or promote first stage artificial milk! Although companies produced pretty much pointless “follow-on” milks to get around a loophole in this law! (Now this one amazed me as prior to having Aoife, I did not realise this!)
  8. According to a NHS infant feeding survey circa 2010 only 1% of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding! (I was very proud to be in this 1%!)
  9. Breastfeeding saves you money (infant formula and feeding equipment can cost up to £450 a year!
  10. It is illegal to be asked to stop breastfeeding in public thanks to the Human Rights act (2010).

I hope you have found these facts as interesting as I did when I discovered them! I will include links below that verify the information given here!

I also love this meme! Such good information here!

Links related to post!

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Breastfeeding-Benefits-Your-Babys-Immune-System.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/benefits-breastfeeding.aspx

http://ihv.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/01-PT_BF-Benefits-and-FAQs_June16_Web_2.pdf

http://www.babyfeedinglawgroup.org.uk/thelaw/lawtext

http://unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/What-is-Baby-Friendly/breastfeeding-in-the-uk/breastfeeding-rates-in-the-uk/

http://kellymom.com/fun/trivia/bf-numbers/

Thank you for reading,

Siobhan x

 

 

 

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