7 Incredible Facts About Breastfeeding

posted: 08/29/16
by: Katherine Sosnoff
It's Breastfeeding Awareness month, and while breastfeeding may not be the best option for every mom, you have to admit, it's a pretty amazing function of the human body! To celebrate, we've rounded up 7 incredible facts about breastfeeding:
  1. Breastmilk is Actually Liquid Gold: Per The Bump, human milk is sold on the Internet for $4 per ounce, making it cost more than 250 times the price of oil.
  2. Good for Mom's Health: Breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, ovarian and breast cancer and osteoperosis in mothers, with a positive correlation to length of time breastfeeding and continued reduced risk of these diseases.

  3. Ever-Changing: Breastmilk changes constantly to adapt to baby's needs as they grow. From One Goal Global: "Milk can even change day to day, for example, water content may increase during times of hot weather and baby-sickness to provide extra hydration."

  4. The Best Medicine: It's okay, and actually beneficial, to breastfeed baby when you're sick. Your body will create antibodies to your specific illness, passing them on through your breastmilk and protecting your baby from getting sick.

  5. Breastfeeding = Sleep: Contrary to the myth that breastfed babies sleep less than their formula-fed counterparts, breast milk actually contains melatonin, which will help your little one get some sleep.

  6. Now and Forever: In addition to the short-term health benefits for breastfed babies, there are lots of long term pros, as well. Breastfed babies are less likely to become overweight or obese adults, making them lesslikely to also develop type II diabetes.

  7. Breastmilk is Basically a Genius: Breastmilk has 'memory' and contains information about your whole life span. From The Stranger: "Mother's milk informs babies of not just the present, but also the past....mothers who are vegetarians in adulthood, but ate meat as teenagers, have stored fatty acids that are specific to animals. When they mobilize that fat to produce breast milk, their babies receive those nutrients."