10 Things You May Not Know About Breastfeeding
We’ve collected some of the more unusual facts about breastfeeding that you may or may not know. They are:
1. The flavour of breast milk changes depending on what you eat
2. Its possible to breastfeed from one breast only
3. Breast milk is digested in 1.5 hrs hence the reason some babies feed so frequently and not because your supply is low
4. Let-down can be faster in one breast and can result in baby preferring that breast
5. Using breast compression can help baby to get more milk during a feed which can be good for small babies or slow feeder
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6. Expressed breast milk separates into milk and cream when stored (you just need to shake it before use)
7. Feeding baby in an upright position, if mums milk supply is rapid, can prevent wind by slowing down the speed at which baby swallows the milk
8. Slide-over position is helpful in persuading baby who is refusing one breast to feed on the less preferred breast- simply slide baby across, in the same position from the preferred breast to the other breast
9. Some mums experience a drop in milk supply when they have a period but supply will increase again afterwards
10. When a baby is teething, sore gums may make him feed differently which can cause sore nipples
If you would like to know more about breastfeeding do contact our Careline and one of our experts will be able to help you with your query.
Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a varied, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. Always consult your healthcare professional for advice about feeding your baby.