Nursing Mothers' Blog

    Science Class: 14 Things We Learned about Breastfeeding

    • Breastfeeding and pumping release oxytocin, a hormone that helps bonding between a mother and baby.
    • Breast milk doesn’t come from only one opening. Nipples can have up to 25!
    • Size doesn’t matter. Several factors can affect your body's milk production, but breast size simply isn't one of them.
    • 82 percent of moms pump, and for many different reasons.
    • On average, babies consume 67 percent of your available milk with each breastfeeding.
    • You shouldn’t stop breastfeeding when you get sick because your milk is custom-made to fight the germs your baby faces.
    • Newborn babies, on average, eat eight to 12 times in a 24-hour period.
    • Enjoying your favorite foods while breastfeeding might help develop your little one's palate.
    • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention puts out an annual breastfeeding report card. Smell is the most advanced sense that babies have at birth.
    • Fresh breast milk lasts up to eight hours at room temperature and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.
    • 73 percent of mothers seek support for breastfeeding issues.
    • Hydration is key for women who are breastfeeding and pumping.
    • Despite being right or left-handed, nearly three-quarters of moms produce more milk in their right breast.