1) Breastfeeding Mom’s actually get MORE sleep. That’s right! According to this study (source) breastfeeding parents got 40-45 minutes more sleep per night on average during the first 3 months postpartum. Sleep is very important for the new mother, as it allows for mental health and prevents postpartum depression.
2) Babies do not make their own melatonin, and they have not yet established circadian rhythms. Night time breast milk actually contains melatonin! No wonder babies want to breastfeed at night!
3)Prolactin, the milk making hormone, follows it own circadian rhythm, making the breastfeeding woman’s prolactin levels highest at night.
4) Night time breast milk also has a large amount of typrtophan in it. Tryptophan is a sleep inducing amino acid. Night time breast milk is just the thing for a tired and restless baby.
5) A lactating breast will produce milk based on how frequently it is emptied.
6) Breastfeeding is protected by U.S. Law. “The Pregnancy Discrimination Act Amendment” protects nursing women from being fired or discriminated against for expressing milk on their breaks.
7) The newborns sense of smell is very strong.Your baby knows the unique scent of your breast milk.
8) Within minutes of being born a baby is able to wiggle itself to the breast and latch on. Talk about smart!
9) It’s free!!
10) Breastfeeding releases oxytocin, the love/bonding hormone.
And now a wonderful poem by a beautiful breastfeeding mother, Hollie McNish.
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