How has breastfeeding changed your life?
Breastfeeding is not all about milk. It is about love, life and happiness, too. Here is what moms love most about breastfeeding.
The look of love. Babies are born nearsighted. They can only see things 8-15 inches away. That is about the distance between your faces during breastfeeding. Imagine how excited your baby was to see you for the first time!
You turn heads. Your breastmilk is the scent of love. Seconds after smelling it, your baby turns to the source, ready to soak your scent in as they cuddle in your arms.
A taste of love. The taste of breastmilk is exciting to your baby. Breastfed babies taste all the foods you eat, though not directly. Daily exposure to different tastes prepares your baby to be open to trying different foods when they are around 6 months old.
Change is good. Breastmilk changes with each feeding to meet the needs of your baby at that moment.
Shrinking mama. Looking to drop a few pounds? Breastfeeding burns about 500 calories each day. This can help mom get back to her pre-pregnancy weight.
Got (too much) milk? After birth, some moms produce more milk than they need. Once your body knows how much milk baby needs, you will make the perfect amount for your baby.
Fight on. Breastmilk is a healing potion that starts healing on contact. Rub breastmilk on sore nipples for quick healing.
Your future looks bright. Breastfeeding helps lower the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer in moms. You and your baby benefit now; you benefit later.
Looking for ways to celebrate your breastfeeding journey? Choose one or more ideas from the list below to try this week.