14 Quick Breastfeeding Facts

Think you know all there is to know about breastfeeding?  Here are 14 facts.  See if you knew them all!

  1. Human milk can be sold for anywhere between $1 and $10 or more on the internet and to at least one legitimate milk bank.
  2. Breast milk sprays out of many holes on the nipple. Hello breast milk sprinkler!
  3. Around 75% of moms produce more milk with their right breast.
  4.  Breast size has nothing to do with milk production.
  5. Breastfeeding and being breastfed both reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  6. Breast milk adapts and changes as baby gets older and may even vary from day to day.
  7. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of SIDS.
  8. Mothers can have let down (the reflexive flow of milk) from seeing baby, hearing baby cry, thinking about baby, thinking about breastfeeding or, sometimes, for no reason at all...not just when nursing.
  9. On average, breastfeeding moms get more sleep than formula feeding moms.
  10. Your breast milk has a distinct scent that baby can detect.
  11. Almost 75% of breastfeeding (or pumping) moms seek outside help, such as a lactation consultant or support from La Leche League.
  12. Starting your period or hormonal birth control can decrease your milk supply.
  13. Lecithin supplements can help with clogged milk ducts.
Did you learn anything?  What do you think should be on this list?

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