Breastfeeding

10 facts you might not know about breastfeeding

Cheree Sheldon, one of our Healthy Mummy expert nutritionists is sharing 10 facts about breastfeeding that you might not know.

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1. It’s mainly water

87 per cent in fact!

2. It helps your uterus go back to normal

The hormone oxytocin, which is released while breastfeeding, also helps your uterus contract back to its normal size. That’s why in those early days of breastfeeding, you may feel cramping or contractions in your tummy just after your let down.

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3. Breast milk changes flavour

Depending on what mum has eaten, breast milk can change flavour! This exposes baby to a wide range of flavours early on, leading to a child who is more willing to try new foods.

4. And it changes colour too!

It can be yellow, brown, or can even appear blue/green depending on the fat and sugar content and whether it’s towards the beginning or end of a feed.

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5. A typical feed time is 16 minutes

Though this is the average, breast feeds range in time from two minutes to one hour.

6. Most women produce more milk in their right breast!

It’s a bit like most people being right-handed, hey!?

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7. Breastfeeding has lots of health benefits

Women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of postpartum depression, type 2 diabetes, and breast and ovarian cancer.

8. Breast milk can be used as a medicine

Breast milk contains anti bacterial properties and not only will drinking it help a child’s immunity, but squirting it on infections may help as well!

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9. Milk is different at the start and end of a feed

At the start of a feed, the milk is mostly lactose and at the end of the feed is mostly fat.

10. You can donate it to other women!

Not only that, but you can pump and freeze it for when you go back to work, and you can even cook with it! You can turn it into cheese, ice-cream and yoghurt and you can even get jewellery made out of it – AMAZING! Here are 28 Incredible Uses For Breast Milk

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At the Healthy Mummy we support ALL forms of feeding your baby. We understand that not all mums are able to breastfeed or chose not to breastfeed, and as long as both mum and baby are happy and healthy we also support all forms of feeding. If you are having trouble breastfeeding and would like some support we encourage you to contact the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

The Healthy Mummy Smoothie

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Did you know that The Healthy Mummy’s range of delicious smoothies are breastfeeding-friendly?

The Healthy Mummy smoothie has been created to help mums benefit from a wide range of nutrients which can also help support your healthy eating plan and exercise routine if you are trying to lose weight.

The smoothie range has been formulated by leading nutritionists, dieticians and with input from Monash University.

It offers an excellent source of essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and important antioxidants.

It’s also free from any weight loss accelerants, caffeine, contains no wheat ingredients, no fructose, is 96 per cent sugar free and is dairy free.

You can download our information fact sheet here. You can also download the smoothie label and ingredient list here.

Buy your Healthy Mummy Smoothie HERE.

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written by:

Cheree Sheldon

Cheree is an experienced naturopath who specialises in nutritional medicine; focusing on pregnancy support, babies and children. She is a published recipe developer whose background as a chef allows her to develop healthy, nutritionally balanced meals. Being a mum herself, she loves recipes that are easy to make and appeal to the whole family. Cheree has worked for the Healthy Mummy since early 2015 developing Healthy Mummy specific recipes and preparing the challenge meals for our monthly 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges. She calculates all the nutritional information for the recipes and provides our team with expert advice and information on current nutritional issues.Cheree loves working for the The Healthy Mummy because "I have the chance to share my love of delicious, nutritious food with other mums”.