Breastfeeding can be a wonderful and often weird experience for moms
In honour of breastfeeding week, we’re sharing 4 facts about breast milk to add to a long list of reasons why moms are absolutely magical.
Breast milk is not made of the food mothers eat
Many people believe that breast milk is made directly from what a lactating mother eats. They are completely wrong.
Breast milk is actually made from the mother’s blood. Prolactin causes your alveoli to take nutrients from your blood supply and turn them into breast milk.
This doesn’t mean your diet isn’t important while breastfeeding. A nutritious diet is vital to keep your body fuelled and healthy enough to produce milk in the first place.
The composition of your breast milk changes according to your baby’s needs
Breast milk changes in texture, colour and contents from your child’s birth until around 6 months.
In the beginning, the milk the body produces is very nutritious and contains high levels of antibodies, which are proteins that fight infections and bacteria. Gradually breast milk becomes more ‘milk-like’.
Because what is in your breast milk changes over time, your baby can drink the same amount of milk throughout the day from the time they’re around 6 weeks to the time they’re 6 months.
Your breast milk can change colour
While your breast milk isn’t made directly from the food you eat, the nutrients you eat contribute to the production of your breast milk so excess beta-carotene may give your breast milk an orange tinge for example.
Medications and supplements could even turn your breast milk black which is shocking, to say the least.
Breast milk is every food group and water
It is not necessary or generally advisable to give breastfed babies even a sip of water for the first 6 months because breast milk is the total package and can provide for all your baby’s needs.
This makes breast milk the original superfood.
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