August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and although mothers (and the public in general) have done so much in breastfeeding their children, much is left to be done.
Despite this, there is still a lot to be done, so as a breastfeeding mother dont give up on your effort, it will yield great results in time to come.
In different parts of the world, stories of mothers being harassed for nursing in public and many other heart breaking cases where mothers give up nursing too soon because they lacked support, some times from their spouses, sometimes their offices or places of work and many others.
More than just raising awareness about the importance of breastfeeding, this month is crucial for encouraging people of all genders, ages, races and orientations to embrace and support breastfeeding, regardless of what they chose to do for their babies.
1. Breastfeeding Moms Sleep More
2. Working Moms Who Breastfeed Miss Less Work
3. The Top 10 Countries With The Highest Breastfeeding Rates Might Surprise You
According to The Richest, the countries around the world with the highest percentage of mothers who nurse their babies includes Madagascar, Bolivia, Egypt, Uganda, Eritrea, Peru, Malawi, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Rwanda at number one where more than 90 percent of mothers exclusively nurse their babies.
4. Your Breast Milk Changes Tastes Depending On What You Eat
Breast milk is never boring. It changes constantly depending on what you’ve eaten.
5. Your Right Breast Probably Produces More Milk Than Your Left
According to Health Foundations Birth Center, about 75 percent of women produce more milk on their right side, regardless of how frequently they nurse on the left side.
6. Breastfeeding Rates Among Mothers 30 And Up Is Significantly Higher Than In Younger Moms
Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the percentage of moms who breastfeed increases greatly in older moms. Only about 43 percent of moms who are 20 and younger breastfeed while 65 percent of moms aged 20 to 29 breastfeed. Moms over 30 have the highest breastfeeding rate, at over 75 percent.
7. It’s Legal To Breastfeed In Public In some countries!
8.Extended Breastfeeding Has Numerous Benefits For Your Child
Extended breastfeeding has all of the same benefits for an older baby or toddler as it does for a newborn, according to Parents. In fact, CNN reported on a study linking higher IQ’s and income to extended breastfeeding.
9. You Body Will Always Produce Just Enough Milk For Your Baby
Except in rare cases of low or high supply, your body makes exactly enough milk for your baby, according to La Leche League.
10. Breastfed Babies Are More Independent Later In Life
Despite the popular myth that babies who breastfeed (especially longer than one year) are more dependent on their mothers, Breastfeeding Inc. noted that breastfed children are usually more independent and more “secure in their independence.”
11. Breast Size Makes No Difference
Whether you have big or small breasts makes absolutely no difference in the amount of milk you can produce.
12. Successful Breastfeeding Reduces Risk Of Postpartum Depression
13. You Can (And Should) Breastfeed When You’re Sick
14. Your Milk Has A Unique Scent
Each mother’s milk smells differently, and a baby can tell the difference between his mother’s milk and another mom’s by the time they’re two weeks old, according to Parenting.
15. Breast Milk Can Heal
16. Mothers Whose Own Mothers Breastfed Them Are Much More Likely To Breastfeed
The cultural mindset surrounding breastfeeding largely influences mother’s choice to breastfeed or not to breastfeed. Who Work Full Time Are Less Likely To Breastfeed Longer Than Six Months
Although the reasons behind this make sense, and the lack of proper maternity leave and breastfeeding breasts is responsible, studies published in the US National Library of Medicine show that moms who work full time don’t nurse as long as mothers who work outside the home part time or are not employed at all.
18. Breastfeeding Reduces Risk Of SIDS
Though not much is known about the cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), it is believed that breastfeeding can diminish a baby’s risk.
According to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, SIDS reduction is one of the many benefits of nursing that is hard to ignore.
19. Breastfeeding Also Reduces The Risk Of Obesity
Although the reason behind the findings aren’t fully established, there are studies linking breastfeeding and lower risks of obesity according to The World Health Organization.
It may be difference in insulin levels and pancreatic activity, or a difference in the protein and energy metabolized.
20. Breastfeeding Even Reduces The Chances Of Developing Allegries
The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology suggests that breastfeeding may decrease “eczema, wheezing, and cow’s milk allergies” as well as protect them against other irritants and sicknesses.
21. Breastfeeding Burns Calories
It’s a lot of work for your body to produce breast milk. So much so that you burn about 20 calories just making an ounce of milk, according to Shape.
22. It’s Rare To Have A Low Milk Supply
Although most moms fear they’re not making enough milk for their baby, it’s actually very rare, according to Mayo Clinic. Most moms make more than enough for their babies, and if you are worried that you have a low supply, there are lots of ways to increase your milk supply that are worth giving a shot.
23. Breastfeeding Might Hurt, But Not Forever
It’s a common myth that breastfeeding hast to hurt. Though it may cause discomfort or pain, especially at first as your body adjusts to your milk supply and your baby’s latch, the pain should cease as you and your baby get the hang of things. Experiencing pain is a sign that something is off, or that your body needs time to adjust, according to Parents.
24. Breast Milk Can Prevent Tooth Decay
Because of the antibodies that prevent dangerous bacteria growth, breastfeeding has been shown to help children have healthier teeth, according to the Australian Breastfeeding Association.