Breastfeeding is one of those things which you constantly keep learning something new about. One moment it seems as though you know everything there is to know and then the very next moment you discover something that you didn’t. While it is a good idea to read a few books and talk to women who have already been through the experience - there are certain things which you will only learn with time.
Do not pressure yourself or close your mind to new revelations. Keeping an open mind will help you gain some additional and interesting facts about breastfeeding that you may not have previously known. Here are 5 facts that you didn’t know about breastfeeding:
1. Different appearance.
Your milk will not look like the packaged cow milk that you have been drinking for several years. The human body is different and breast milk is meant to meet the baby’s nutritional needs. Mothers produce yellowish-white colostrums that are rich in protein and a few other vitamins necessary for the baby’s all-round growth. If you are in the habit of storing breast milk, you may notice that it separates into two parts – foremilk (which is thin and watery) and hind milk (which is thicker and creamier).
2. Sex is not so fun.
Don’t worry because this is only for a short while. Estrogen levels generally tend to be lower in nursing moms, which can cause a drop in libido and vaginal dryness. You can counter this by using a lubricant. Another thing you may realize is the fact that you do not want your breasts to be touched since they are extremely tender from all the breast feeding. Be gentle with yourself, ask your partner to do the same and take it slow.
3. It might hurt and your breasts may leak…a lot.
Your nipples are bound to feel a little irritated since they are not used to that level of stimulation. Yet, if you have sore nipples all the time, then there is something wrong with your latching technique. You can go online and read up on the best practices for breastfeeding so as to make sure that both you and your baby are comfortable as well as satisfied. Even then, consulting your doctor or a professional is always the best first choice that is comparatively safer.
Also, your breasts might leak at undue moments, so wear padded bras or carry an extra top - just in case.
4. You may never really get comfortable with breastfeeding.
Most mothers think that they can slowly get comfortable with breastfeeding. While it is true that most mothers do get used to the process, you may not always feel quite comfortable and that’s okay. The best thing you can do is to read up a little and make sure that you are doing it all in the right manner. You can also take a few prenatal nursing classes at your nearby community center or hospital. Also, remember that if you are going through immense pain, something might be wrong and you should consult your doctor immediately.
5. Breastfeeding burns calories.
Does this not come as a blessing? Who needs the gym when all you have to do to burn your day’s calories is feed your baby? That sounds doable. Also, note that one breast produces more milk than the other and it is completely normal.
Did you know these facts before? Was there something more in your experience of breastfeeding? Like, comment and share down below so that all mommies can reach each other!