Along with the warm breeze and summer heat, there is another heat wave going on. Baby Fever, is definitely in the air for lots of women. It seems as though everywhere I turn, there’s a baby bump!
After childbirth one of the first questions asked by your healthcare professional is whether you will be breastfeeding or using formula. Breastfeeding is a very controversial topic influenced by many factors, including; age, race, religion and personal beliefs. So much so, August was made National Breast Feeding Month. To inform not only parents, but the entire family, healthcare workers and childcare providers of the benefits of breast feeding children.
In 2011, the USDA concluded that if the breast feeding rate increased to 75% at birth and 50% at six months it would lead to a national government savings of a minimal $3.6 billion. As the number of illnesses can be decreased by breastfeeding.
Not only is breast feeding beneficial to our babies’ health, but beneficial to the economy. Breast feeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure a child’s health and survival. If every child was breastfed within an hour of birth, given only breast milk for their first six months of life, and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two years, about 800 000 child lives would be saved every year. Globally, less than 40% of infants under six months of age are exclusively breastfed. Adequate breastfeeding counselling and support are essential for mothers and families to initiate and maintain optimal breastfeeding practices.
WHO actively promotes breastfeeding as the best source of nourishment for infants and young children. Let’s get the facts and explore the many benefits of the practice, and how strong support to mothers can increase breastfeeding worldwide. Here are a few surprising facts:
- Breast milk isn’t always white ( don’t be alarmed)
- One breast may produce more milk
- You may have have engorged breasts, overabundance of milk
- Breast milk doesn’t only come out of the nipple ( 10-15 ducts in each breast)
- You’ll leak- especially when u don’t expect it
- You may be emotional ( hormone changes)
- Orgasms may make your breasts leak
- You may lose weight, especially in the tummy area
- Your period may stop
For new moms breast feeding can be stressful, but it is extremely rewarding. When considering breast feeding, always consult with your healthcare professional. Do your own research and be sure this is something, you are comfortable with. There are lactation specialist and classes available as resources to help you understand the risk and benefits.
Remember to always be, HAPPY AND HEALTHY!