Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Breastfeeding facts

I have been thinking about breastfeeding facts lately......and wanted to see what I could find. Some facts I found to be pretty cool and interesting.

Fact 1 
Breastfeeding aids in the uterus returning to original size after birth.
  • Breastfeeding causes the release of a hormone called Oxytocin
  • Oxytocin is also responsible for the contraction of the uterus and therefore helps to decrease the size of the uterus after birth.
Fact 2
An average breastfeed lasts 16 minutes
  • this is the average time for you to sit at intervals during the day and night for that special time with your baby
  • a time for relaxation, contemplation and pure enjoyment - just you and your baby.   
Fact 3
Breastfeeding burns calories
  • when breastfeeding you burn up to an extra 500 calories per day
  • while you sit and relax with your baby you are also burning calories. So the ideal way to lose weight with out the exercise!
Fact 4  
Almost three-quarters of mummies produce more milk with their right breast

  • no correlation to being right or left handed, just a fact!
Fact 5  
About a third of mummies can’t sense 'let-down'

  • 'let down' is when your milk starts to flow
  • it can also be called milk ejection
  • the average time it takes for let down to happen is 56 seconds
  • watch for your milk to flow and see it happen.
 Fact 6  
Babies breastfeed until they’re full not until they 'empty' your breast.

  • on average, babies remove 67% of the milk you have available – this amount can vary widely among moms.
  • with bottle feeding, a baby will generally feed until the bottle is empty
Fact 7  
82% of mothers use a breastpump

  • whether it is because of going back to work or to help overcome a temporary separation or problem, a breastpump is a valuable tool
  • discuss with your health professional and check out the rest of our website for further information

Pretty cool huh? Thank you to Medela for the facts!

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