Everyone knows breastfeeding is the best nutrition for baby. But did you know these facts?
You turn heads. Newborn babies know the unique scent of your breastmilk. That is why babies turn their head to you when hungry. To your baby, the smell of your breastmilk is probably better than the most expensive perfume.
The look of love. Babies are born nearsighted. They can only see things about eight to 15 inches away. That is about the distance between your face and your baby’s face during breastfeeding. Imagine how excited they are to see their mom for the first time.
Fight on. Breastmilk has a special component that fights infection. If your nipples are sore, gently massage breastmilk into your nipples to ease soreness and speed up healing.
Good taste. Breastmilk allows your baby to get a taste of whatever you are eating, though not directly. Introducing new foods to your baby around 6 months may be easier because of their early exposure to many tastes. Formula only has one taste.
Time for a change. Your breastmilk may be a watery, bluish color when you start your feeding time. But as you nurse, your breastmilk gets thicker and higher in fat. This gives your baby the calories needed to grow.
Shrinking mama. Your body releases hormones when you breastfeed. This helps your uterus shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size.
Your future looks bright. Breastfeeding may lower the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer in moms. Your baby benefits now; you benefit later.
Do not let the facts get in the way. Breastfeeding facts are good to consider, but it is the facts of love that matter most. Breastfeeding is about the feel of your baby’s hair and skin. It is about the gurgling sounds that make you laugh. It is about being addicted to the sweet smell of your baby. It is about the look of love that melts your heart. And those are facts you will treasure forever.
Here are ways to celebrate your love.
For more information about breastfeeding and your breastfeeding journey, visit WICBreastfeeding.FNS.USDA.gov or call our Breastfeeding Warm Line at (888) 439-8970 for support and encouragement.