Breast Feeding Facts

This page is dedicated to fun breastfeeding facts and interesting facts about breastfeeding that you might not know.

Interesting breastfeeding facts and things you might not have known

  • BF Fact#1 Your breast size has nothing to do with the amount of milk that you produce… Read more about small breasts whilst breastfeeding. Some mothers have a larger storage capacity, but all mothers produce about the same amount of milk at one time.
  • BF Fact#2 Formula contains sucrose (sugar), which is harmful to a baby’s teeth. Breast milk contains lactose, which is a simple sugar and cannot harm a baby. In fact, breast milk has been said to improve gum and tooth health. Read more about breastfeeding and tooth decay here. 
  • BF Fact#3 A baby can crawl and latch onto your breasts without any help after birth… watch the video here.
  • BF Fact#4 A breastfed baby's stools do not smell as pungent as a formula fed baby's poop.
  • BF Fact#5 Breast milk can be used for many other things, other than feeding a baby. Read more on the other uses of breast milk

More Breast Feeding Facts for New Moms

  • BF Fact#1 Your breasts might only fill with milk after day 5! Especially if you are having a c-section.
  • BF Fact#2  A good latch is when most of your nipple and areola is inside baby’s mouth. If your nipples are very sore after the first week of nursing, it is usually a sign that your baby is not latched on correctly.
  • BF Fact#3 Baby should be facing you whilst breastfeeding, with his/her tummy touching yours. Skin on skin contact has also many benefits.
  • BF Fact#4 A breast pump cannot replace a baby’s suckling. You can also never “see how much you are producing" by pumping your breast milk. Only your baby can remove milk efficiently.
  • BF Fact#5 Your breasts might feel empty after a few weeks and this is not because your supply is getting less, but this is a sign that your body is getting accustomed to the amount of breastmilk needed.
  • BF Fact#6 Your baby might experience a few growth spurts, which could cause some fluctuation in nursing patterns. Read more about this here.
  • BF Fact#7 Your body will produce a clear liquid called colostrum in the first few days, this little amount that is produced is enough to satisfy your baby. A baby’s tummy is tiny and colostrum is more substantial than mature milk. 
  • BF Fact#8 Giving your baby a bottle before 4 to 6 weeks have passed, could cause nipple confusion,  which might interfere with breastfeeding.

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