Things You Didn’t Know About Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is the oldest way babies receive nutrition. Although it’s natural, it can sometimes become rather complicated. Not only does breastfeeding give your child his nutritional needs, it can also change your hormone levels and emotional state. It can be challenging, exciting, and full of surprises.
Some of those surprises are listed here:
Oxytocin is the chemical your body makes that moves your breast milk to your nipples. Another effect of nursing is a sense of deep tranquility, which can quickly turn into lethargy.
There are some negative effects, though. You may feel nausea, weakness, sweating, and even melancholy. These feelings normally don’t stick around long and are often replaced by positive sensations.
One of the hormones involved in breastfeeding is also part of your metabolism. Some nursing women find this hormone works more efficiently than in others, so some mothers can consume fewer calories.
You may find your breasts drip, stream or spray milk, especially in the weeks immediately following birth.
Like mentioned earlier, oxytocin is to blame. Your body knows it should make more food available is necessary. Leaking is your body’s way of ensuring your little one’s food supply is plentiful.
You’ll probably notice that one breast is bigger than the other. It’s because each of your breasts have a different number ducts that make milk. This means is the more active breast will likely be fuller. You can also cause your breasts to produce milk unevenly. The side you use more will produce more milk.
Baby’s perfect food.
When you begin a breastfeeding session, your milk is then. As the feeding continues, your milk becomes thicker and fattier. This allows your child to get her thirst needs met first and fills her energy needs met with creamier milk at the end.
Your breast milk also provides natural immunities to your child. The antibodies in your milk change so it will always boost whatever the baby is low on at any given time.
Any of the facts listed here may or may not be a surprise to you. Breastfeeding not only provides nutrition and other benefits for your little one, but for yourself as well. Don’t worry too much about the hormonal effects, in the end it’ll all balance out. Before too long, your body will be back to normal and you’ll have a better idea of what to expect with your next child.