3 Things You Didn’t Know About Breastmilk…and a few extras on the side
I love sharing these amazing facts about breastmilk with people around me, sometimes I even drop them into regular conversation just to keep things lively. I’ve been surprised how few people have been told about the incredible design of human milk until they have babies themselves, and even then not everyone gets the full story. A woman’s boobs are amazing! The milk they produce is the stuff of fantasy novels – changing hour by hour to provide perfect nourishment for a growing baby, producing life saving antibodies to fight away illness, always on tap and completely free to produce! It almost sounds too good to be true right? Thankfully for humanity, it's totally 100% true.
So, here are at least 3 things you may not have known about the magic of breastmilk
- Breastmilk is sterile and the perfect temperature, day or night
- A mama's milk is the perfect match for her baby changing over a 24 hour period, and day to day to meet her baby's needs
- On a hot day, the water content in mamas milk increases to provide perfect hydration to her baby; there’s no need to give babies extra water
- Breastmilk is important for supporting immune system development and research suggests protects against SIDS, ear infections, lower respiratory tract infections and gastrointestinal illness.
- When a baby is sick, mama's milk produces antibodies specific to that illness to support a quick recovery for her baby
- Breastmilk is the 'greenest' food available for babies, with no food miles involved, no cows to feed, pastures to grow, exports to arrange (or recalls to keep an eye out for), breastmilk is the environmentally friendly choice.
- Breastmilk is FREE - formula feeding is an amazing alternative when breastfeeding doesn't work out, but it can cost a family between $1000-3000 in the lifetime of their baby (depending on what brand they use)
- Breastfeeding is good for the mother, physically, emotionally, and can protect against breast cancer later in life
- I once heard a breastfeed described as a roast dinner followed up with a warm milkshake – it sounds like something out of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory right?
Love and Milk