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The Super Dooper Super Food: Breast Milk!

I am a HUGE breast-feeding fan. I have spent the last, nearly, 8 years breastfeeding. In fact, it is fair to say my breasts have acquired their own persona, they are like another member of the family. Little breastfeeding toddlers talk about them as if they are separate to me. They are known as Sookies or Juicies. They have been known to talk (apparently), they are the safest place in the world!

As far as I’m concerned, breast milk is the most super of all the super foods! I amazes me that a woman’s body has the ability to produce this continuous supply of milk. Milk that is nutritional perfect for her baby, protects her own body, as well as protecting the baby against infection. We all know the amazing things breast milk can do, we all have the booklets and the pep-talk from our midwives, but here are some cool facts about breast milk, you may not know:

    1. Scientists are unable to isolate all the fab things that make up breast milk, so no matter how hard they try formula companies cannot recreate mummy’s own milk.
    2. Breast milk changes throughout the day. In the morning milk is more watery, in the evening and night it is thinker, creamier, and more satisfying, so the baby will (should!) feel more full and sleep better.
    3. Breast-feeding releases hormones to the mother which help sleep. So although you are wakened in the night you should be able to fall back to sleep more readily.
    4. The flavour of breast milk is laced by the food you eat. So even young infants are having their taste buds prepared for weaning.
    5. Newborn infants can detect the smell of their mothers milk. A study showed newborns placed between two shirts, one with their mothers milk on it the other with a strangers, tended to turn towards the smell of their mothers milk.
    6. You can make ice-cream with breast milk (never tried it by the way!)
    7. It boosts IQ!
    8. The nipple has 15-20 little holes in it.
    9. You can breast feed baby as long as you like and feel comfortable. The World Health Organisation recommends breast feeding continues until baby is two and a half, at least. so nothing weird about feeding a toddler!
    10. Breast feeding is a great source of comedy moments formula feeding can never manage- Caitlan Moran’s hilarious article entitled “Breast is Best” will convince you of this! I could not breath, I laughed so much.

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