Posted by: Morgan | July 20, 2011

Awesome Boob Facts

Due to a lot of requests, and inspiration from Gentle Beginnings Birth Center, I thought I should put ‘Awesome Boob Facts’ up for easy access. As I am able, I will be getting references and sources for all the information I’m posting. If I post a quote, it will be properly referenced, so please reference to those persons if copying the wording. Enjoy!
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#1: Breasts are able to change the milk produced so that it is customized for the baby who is nursing. A mama with a newborn will have different milk than a mama with a toddler.

#2: For every 2 years a woman breastfeeds, she reduces her risk of breast cancer by 50%.

#3: The longer a girl child nurses, the lower HER chances of getting breast cancer are.

#4: “They are fun” – Charlie DeLorme

#5: Women who have never been pregnant can lactate and nurse. This is great for adoptive parents.

#6: Breastfeeding reduces the mom and child’s risk of diabetes.

#7: If the child nursing is sick, the breast will begin creating antibodies to attack that SPECIFIC illness immediately and put those into the milk that the baby is drinking RIGHT THEN.

#8: Breastmilk is antibacterial.

#9: Isn’t just the fact that our bodies can produce food for our young kind of super cool?

#10: “[Breastfeeding] Lessens osteoporosis. Non-breastfeeding women have a four times greater chance of developing osteoporosis than breastfeeding women and are more likely to suffer from hip fractures in the post-menopausal years.” – Dr Sears, MD

#11: “The fat content of human milk changes constantly. Typically, fat levels are low at the beginning of a feeding and high at the end. Babies nurse eagerly to get the low-fat, thirst-quenching foremilk, then slow down and linger over the high-fat dessert at the end of their meal. …” – Dr Sears, MD

#12: “The special kind of fat in human milk is important to brain development. As newborn babies grow, the nerves are covered with a substance called myelin which helps the nerves transmit messages to other nerves throughout the brain and body. To develop high-quality myelin, the body needs certain types of fatty acids–linoleic and linolenic–which are found in large amounts in human milk.” Dr Sears, MD

# 13: ” Lowered risk of asthma and allergy. Studies have shown that breastfeeding lowers the chances of a child developing allergies and asthma symptoms. ” Dr Sears, MD

#14:  “Breastfeeding has been around since the Garden of Eden when God created it to work this way. Its a system that He set up to NOT fail. When a woman is given the proper support and education regarding breastfeeding, fewer than 1% are truly unable to breastfeed, from a medical standpoint. And even if said women doesn’t produce enough milk to feed her baby exclusively, ANY drop of breastmilk is liquid gold for the child. Second best option after mom’s milk is donor (human) milk.” – Dena Barnes

#15: “A recent cost analysis, looking at just SOME of the health outcomes associated with breastfeeding, found that the United States would save $13 billion dollars annually and prevent 911 deaths if 90% of infants could be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life.” – TX DHHS (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wi​chd/lactate/position.shtm)

#16: “Previous research has shown a link between breastfeeding and decreased risk of childhood leukemia, however, a new study reveals that long-term breastfeeding may decrease the risk of leukemia and lymphoma even more than breastfeeding for just a few months. Previous research has shown a link between breastfeeding and decreased risk of childhood leukemia, however, a new study reveals that long-term breastfeeding may decrease the risk of leukemia and lymphoma even more than breastfeeding for just a few months.
The study showed that breastfeeding for less than six months was associated with an odds ratio of 2.79 for contracting a lymphoid malignancy compared with children breastfed longer than six months.
Researchers from the United Arab Emirates University compared 117 children with various forms of lymphoma and leukemia who were treated at the same hospital between 1983 and 1997 to a 117-member control group of healthy children matched by age and sex. All children in the study were Bedouin Arabs. A report on the researchers’ findings appears in the January 2001 edition of the European Journal of Cancer. The researchers say that with this study and others, the protective effect of longer breastfeeding against childhood leukemia and lymphomas is now more firmly established.”

– Breastfeeding.com, Source: European Journal of Cancer

#17: “Babies with Down dyndrome may have heart defects, develop more slowly, and be at higher risk for cancers and infections. The good news is that your milk helps the baby’s brain develop, and breastfeeding protects her against infection and some cancers. Plus, breastfeeding is usually easier than bottle feeding for babies with heart problems. Feeding at your breast also exercises the same mouth muscles that are used in speaking. Know that your baby may need help breastfeeding. An IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant) will be familiar with ways to help babies with Down syndrome breastfeed and can give you personalized advice.” -Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

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