World Breastfeeding Week: 12 Unusual Breastfeeding Facts & Essentials

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To support World Breastfeeding Week, the midwives at My Expert Midwife have revealed 12 unusual facts about breastfeeding you may not know – and all the breastfeeding essentials you need.

This World Breastfeeding Week, the theme is Step Up for Breastfeeding, which aims to help raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding for new mothers and babies, and to support the week’s objective to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding your baby comes with a host of benefits, such as good nutrition, improved immune function and strong emotional bonds.

12 Unusual Facts About Breastfeeding

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The in-house midwives at My Expert Midwife have shared some unusual facts about breastfeeding to raise awareness and provide some of the lesser-known facts about its advantages.

Whether you’re a mum-to-be, a new mum or are supporting someone who is breastfeeding and want to discover more, we’ve got you covered with our breastfeeding facts below.

1. The placenta creates the milk

The placenta is the organ that signals the mammary cells of the breast to switch on and start making milk a 16-weeks gestation – if you have a placenta, you have milk.

2. Bra size doesn’t matter

Your breast/bra size bears no relation on your capacity to make milk. Milk is made in the cells of the breast and the fat of the breast plays no part in feeding.

3. The areola darkens for baby

it is thought that the areola darkens during pregnancy so the baby can see more easily where the food source is.

4. Breastmilk tastes like amniotic fluid

Breastmilk tastes like amniotic fluid in the early weeks, so that your baby is already familiar with the taste.

5. The mother’s diet can transfer to the milk

Flavours from the maternal diet can transfer to breastmilk, causing subtle changes. This could help your breastfed baby adapt better to different tastes ready for weaning.

6. Colostrum is just highly concentrated milk

Colostrum has a yellow colouration due to carotenoid pigments produced by the foods you eat. It is high in Vitamin A to help develop your baby’s vision.

7. Nighttime and daytime milk is different

Nighttime milk contains more melatonin and tryptophan which helps your baby settle back and sleep quicker during the night.

8. Daytime milk contains cortisol

…which helps your baby be more alert to focus and learn during daylight hours.

9. Milk helps baby’s immune system

Human milk contains over 200 human milk oligosaccharides. They feed the friendly bacteria in the lining of the gut and help to develop your baby’s immune system.

10. Kissing and smelling can help baby’s immunity

When you kiss or smell your baby, your immune system assesses the microorganisms, and maternal antibodies can be transferred into the milk to help protect your baby.

11. Breastfeeding can help protect from illnesses

Breastfeeding can help prevent women from developing breast and ovarian cancer, postnatal depression, hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

12. 81% of women initiate breastfeeding at birth

Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth allows your baby to receive the benefits of colostrum.
Read the original infographic here at My Expert Midwife.

Breastfeeding Essentials

No Harm Nipple Balm For Breastfeeding, £16.50

breastfeeding-essentialsThis one handed pump nipple balm provides fast relief and protection for breastfeeding mums from sore and cracked nipples when breastfeeding.

Midwife developed, mum approved, and multi-award-winning balm is 100% naturally derived, intensively moisturising, and is a rich but thin serum that glides on easily and does not drag sore and sensitive nipples.

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tommee tippee Breast Pump, from £59.99

breastfeeding-essentialsTo celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, tommee tippee is offering up to 30% off all its breast pumps and breastfeeding bundles from 1st to 15th of August. Parents can easily snap up the discounted products online, with no code needed, while stocks last!

Designed to empower and support mums, the brand’s broad range of breastfeeding products aims to help make the (sometimes overflowing, empty, blistered or bouncy) journey smoother and more comfortable.

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Florence Breastfeeding Dress, £39.99

breastfeeding-essentialsThis new breastfeeding friendly smock dress the ‘Florence’ has a unique hidden Twinzip design that allows you to breastfeed comfortably and discreetly.

The Florence Dress features pockets (we got you, Mumma!) an elasticated waist and a tiered skirt to give a flattering, floaty fit. A comfortable and fashionable style that’s no longer impossible to breastfeed in, *cheer*!

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Medela Nipple Shields, £9.49

breastfeeding-essentialsNipple shields aren’t always encouraged, but are very practical when breastfeeding with sore, cracked, flat or inverted nipples and can also help latching on difficulties.

They enable mothers to continue breastfeeding and allow maximum contact between mother and baby due to the specially formed contour.

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Feeding and Nursing Pillow, £29.99

breastfeeding-essentialsThis feeding and nursing Boppy Pillow helps to maintain a correct posture and ensures your baby is able to feed easily and peacefully. At feeding time, the Boppy Pillow ensures correct positioning and attachment of your baby to your breast thus preventing the onset of any pain.

Due to its specificity and consistency of padding, it also allows you to maintain a comfortable position, reducing muscle tension in the arms, shoulders and neck.

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Nipple Saviour Spray, £18

breastfeeding-essentialsWhen your nipples are just too tender to touch, even with a nipple cream. Absorbed by the skin, this formula helps restore and relieve sensitive nipples between feeding. Its unique blend of ingredients helps to provide instant soothing relief to sore nipples and restore sensitive sore nipples.

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