18 Amazing Facts About Breast Milk You probably Didn’t Know

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We’ve all heard how amazing breast Milk is, but did you know exactly why? Here are 18 Amazing Facts about Breast Milk You probably didn’t know.


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18 Amazing Facts About Breast Milk You probably Didn’t Know

We hear it all the time at the Doctor, on the news, and from other moms that Breast is Best. Granted, Breastfeeding isn’t easy for everyone. Even after 5 children breastfeeding (next to childbirth) was one of the hardest things I have ever done.

There have been times when it has been such a struggle I wonder why I’m even doing it. Even now that I’m trying to loose weight and actually fall into that percentage of women that hold on to their pounds like a baby to their pacifier, the importance of that amazing liquid gold doesn’t escape me.

So below are some amazing facts about breast milk you probably didn’t know. Some you may have known already and some that might be a complete surprise. Either way if you’re on the fence about breast feeding I hope this helps sway your cause.

Did you know your baby can smell you?

Newborns have a strong sense of smell and know the unique scent of your breast milk. That is why your baby will turn his or her head to you when he or she is hungry.

At birth a newborn is drawn to the smell of breast milk (Importance of skin to skin contact) and amazingly by 2 weeks, a baby can tell the difference between the scent of his mother’s breast milk and another mom’s milk. That’s right mama! Don’t try to pull a fast one on them 🙂

Breastmilk Changes during breastfeeding

Your breast milk changes during a feeding session. When your baby first starts to nurse, your milk is a watery & bluish in color. Toward the end of the feeding session, your baby gets to thicker, fattier milk, which gives your baby the calories needed to grow healthy and strong.

So make sure not to switch around when feeding your baby so they can get everything they need out of each breast.

Breastmilk is a magic fix all! 

When my #2 got a major clogged duct in her eye, my pediatrician said to start massaging it with breast milk. When my #3 got bad eczema she also told me to put breast milk on it and sure enough it cleared up. Even when I got bad cracked nipples while feeding them all I was told by my lactation specialist to put breast milk around them. Breast milk heals.

Breast milk is filled with special components that are designed to help fight infection and cut down on swelling in the breast. So, if your breasts are sore those first few days, gently massaging some of your milk into your nipples and breasts can soothe the soreness and speed up recovery.

Natural Immunity from Breastmilk

Breast milk also contains antibodies, or immune molecules, that provide the baby with natural immunity to illnesses that the mother is immune to. This is why breastfed babies tend to have far fewer colds than formula fed babies.

The protection is so strong that there have been studies that show that prolonged breast feeding helps protect babies from such things as acute and prolonged diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, otitis media, urinary tract infection, neonatal septicemia, and NEC.

This study also found evidence for an enhanced protection remaining for years after you are done breastfeeding that helps protect them against certain diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, Ear infections and , HIB & Asthma.

What’s even more amazing is that when a newborn is exposed to a germ he/she will transfer it back to their mother while nursing and she will then give them immunity from it. So your kisses aren’t just loving to them they are life saving.

Super Hero Breast Milk

We hear about it all the time in the news, how a certain Antibiotic resistant bacteria has taken over a person and there’s nothing they can do. A recent study found that a protein In Breast Milk Could Fight Antiobiotic Resistant Bacteria. So yes, breast milk is even that more amazing, ready to help even those that aren’t breastfeeding.

Back to Basics

Breastfeeding allows your body to recover from pregnancy and childbirth more quickly. The hormones released when you breastfeed make your uterus contract back to its pre-pregnancy size. That being said your weight loss may not be what it should because your body will of course want to hold on to that extra fat to help your little one always stay fed. However, your body will return quick to what it’s supposed to be doing.

Future’s looking bright!

Breastfeeding isn’t just great for your baby now it can actually reduce baby’s risk of disease later in life, including:

Type I and II diabetes
Hodgkin’s disease
High blood pressure
High cholesterol levels
Crohn’s disease
Ulcerative colitis

Life Saving for Mama too! Breastfeeding reduces mama’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis. The longer she breastfeeds, the higher the benefit. In fact, a woman who breastfeeds for 8 years has nearly a 0% risk of breast cancer. Get this—breastfeeding a baby girl actually reduces her lifetime risk of breast cancer by 25%.

Right is more! Almost three-quarters of moms produce more milk with their right breast. The funny part is that it doesn’t matter if you’re right or lefty!

Sleep dust. Although it may not feel like it because one doesn’t really sleep with babies, but believe it or not breast milk contain melatonin, which helps your little one get some shut-eye. According to one study, breastfeeding parents got 40-45 minutes more sleep per night on average during the first 3 months postpartum.

Flavor of the day.

Your breast milk can taste different according to what you eat. This is a great way for nature to help prepare your baby to get used to the taste of solid foods. So that’s why many times certain foods may also cause your baby to get fussy.

No Extra needed.

Breast milk is made up of about 87% water. That’s why they don’t need extra water.

Brain Food:

Not only is it full of DHA that’s important for eyes and brain function but the amount of cholesterol in breast milk increases as the baby gets older. Cholesterol plays an important role in nerve conduction in the brain.

Out in no time!

The time it takes for half of the milk to leave the stomach of a breastfed baby: 48 minutes. The time it takes for half of the milk to leave the stomach of a formula fed baby: 78 minutes. That means it’s digested faster giving your little ones tummy a break.

Happy Baby, Happy Mommy!

Oxytocin, the chemical involved in bonding that makes you feel happy is released when you breastfeed. The funny part is that it also affects your everyday because small things like seeing your baby’s picture or hearing the baby cry could trigger your milk to let down, contractions or shrinking in the uterus, and all of that comes back to the release of oxytocin and the bond between you and your baby

Feed your Adopted baby!

Did you know that it’s also possible to breastfeed an adopted baby with the right lactation specialist and breastfeeding support. Yes! Just because you didn’t give birth physically doesn’t mean breastfeeding bonding can’t happen.

It’s not the Size of the breast

Size doesn’t matter Small breasts produce just as much milk as large ones or sometimes even more. There is no correlation between breast size and the amount of milk you make.

Always Perfect, Every time!

No one knows your baby better than you do! That even happens with the milk you produce. Your body is constantly making the perfect milk for baby. Milk changes its nutritional profile as baby grows and the milk made for a 3 month old is different than for a 9 month old. Milk can even change day to day—for example, water content may increase during times of hot weather and baby-sickness to provide extra hydration. Isn’t that amazing!?

In the end Breastfeeding can be incredibly hard to do. However, I hope that this post helps those on the fence on the importance of breast feeding. I know for many breastfeeding can be impossible and many things can prohibit them from doing it.

There are many ways you can supplement your baby and there are amazing organizations that provide breast milk for those that can’t produce it themselves. However, as with anything breastfeeding is something incredibly personal and in the end the journey and decision is between you and your baby and no one else.


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  • Reply My breast milk is better than yours - My Spreadsheet Brain

    […] There’s a bunch of other amazing facts about breastfeeding and breast milk over on these websites: Beautiful Breastfeeding and Conservamom. […]

    August 2, 2017 at 3:22 am
  • Reply Marie Lowther

    Thank you for all the facts!

    September 3, 2016 at 8:02 am
  • Reply Dalla Baba

    Breastfeeding for the word! Breast milk is definitely amazing

    August 29, 2016 at 1:15 am
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    This was a very interesting and informative article. There were quite a few facts such as the melatonin and smelling the breast milk of which I was unaware.

    June 10, 2016 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Karen Propes

    Thanks, I learned a lot from your article. It’s great to know how breast milk works for your child

    May 9, 2016 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply gloria patterson

    interesting so much information to absorb

    April 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Alicia Owen

    Wow! Some of those were news to me! So, I guess I actually was on to something when I joked with my husband that there must be tryptophan or something in my breast milk because she is always falling asleep at the boob! ha ha

    April 11, 2016 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Victoria Pauls

    Great info!

    April 11, 2016 at 12:39 am
  • Reply Shanna Schultz

    Breastfeeding two babies has been an amazing (and exhausting) process, but SOOOO worth it! I learned some new benefits of breastfeeding from this post (SUPER happy to now that it protects me from multiple types of cancer), thanks!

    April 3, 2016 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Autumn M Minnix

    I love breastfeeding! I didn’t do it with my 2 older kids & I regret it so bad!! I wasn’t as educated on it 5 & 7 years ago.

    March 21, 2016 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Deborah Smith

    Great info!!

    March 5, 2016 at 6:23 am
  • Reply Stephanie O'Day

    This is wonderful!! So much information and great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    February 23, 2016 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Nancy Burgess

    Thanks for this article I never realized there were so many benefits to breastfeeding. Very informative and helpful.

    February 18, 2016 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Noelle Carroll

    I am so happy you posted this article. There are so many amazing health benefits to breast milk, I just wish more people would realize when we say “Breast is Best” We arent putting down women, we just really mean it! My cousin wouldn’t even give breast feeding a shot because she didnt want her “boobs to sag”, I mean really? Thats your excuse? My first kid I had to pump for 4 months and ended up giving up because I couldn’t get him to latch and there was no support, but my 7 month old is on breast milk exclusively and I am just so much happier that I was able to do that for her. Thanks again for this article!

    February 18, 2016 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Veronica Iris

    I enjoyed reading this piece. I’m hoping to be able to nurse my baby and will be saving these tips.

    February 18, 2016 at 9:21 am
  • Reply KK Coleman

    Great to know! There are so many benefits to breastfeeding that it’s mind-blowing.

    February 11, 2016 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Kimberly Stoessel

    Love that we as women were giving this gift of wonderful breastfeeding.

    February 11, 2016 at 1:38 am
  • Reply Angletta Pascal

    YES!!!! And with my super powers I use it to cure eye infections and boo boos. 🙂

    February 11, 2016 at 12:23 am
  • Reply Alexandria Lawrence

    I love this! And I love breastfeeding my baby girl <3

    February 6, 2016 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Randy Fulgham

    This very vry interesting post==thanks for sharing

    February 5, 2016 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Samantha Wagamon

    What awesome information. Thank you.

    February 3, 2016 at 5:21 am
  • Reply Bianca

    I’ve been breastfeeding for 43 months between two kids over the last 4 years and it is so ingrained in my daily life that I forget just how awesome it is. I love the comfort and connection that it gives, but it’s been easy to forget truly how nutritious it is, especially as children grow older!

    February 2, 2016 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Emily T

    Thanks for all these wonderful reasons in favor of breastfeeding! I am already committed to breastfeeding but it is always good to get reminders like these to keep going!

    February 2, 2016 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Anna Schwartz

    Those are such amazing facts! I didn’t know some of them. I didn’t know the breast milk starts off bluish. I didn’t know it was a cure it all too! That’s pretty neat! Can’t wait to breast my baby! 18 days 🙂

    February 2, 2016 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    I actually knew most of these except for “Out in no time! The time it takes for half of the milk to leave the stomach of a breastfed baby: 48 minutes. The time it takes for half of the milk to leave the stomach of a formula fed baby: 78 minutes. That means it’s digested faster giving your little ones tummy a break.” This totally makes sense as to why babies feel like they nurse constantly lol!! I used to joke that I should make shirts with my boobs out all the time 😉

    February 2, 2016 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Dandi D

    These are so neat and would be encouraging to mothers having a tough go of it!

    February 2, 2016 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Anel

    Crazy facts! That’s awesome! I didn’t know it was 87% water!

    February 1, 2016 at 8:26 pm
  • Reply Christina

    I love this post. It’s amazing what our bodies can do

    February 1, 2016 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    Love it!! I did know all of these, but I’ve nursed for almost 3.5 years total (with 2 different kiddos) so far. I have been praying about becoming a certified lactation consultant in the future as well!! I find that many people are unaware of the benefits of breastfeeding… thanks for the post!!

    February 1, 2016 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Lauryn R

    This is such a great post that put a huge smile on my face while reading it. Breast truly is best, it’s what they we’re designed to do. I loved BFing my kids, it was such an incredible experience that I will never forget. I miss it. 🙂

    February 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Zahraa Alsarraf

    Great facts !

    February 1, 2016 at 2:11 pm
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