Random breastfeeding fact of the day: baby’s saliva communicates with mama and milk will change according to what baby needs!
Mamas milk = Liquid gold
Whether it’s for a week, a month, a year. It counts, it all matters! It’s not always easy but know you’re doing a great job mama, providing baby with optimal nutrition and let’s not forget the antibodies! Breastfeeding Benefits includes:
- milk changes according to what baby needs
- fewer illnesses
- stronger immune systems
- lower rates of infant mortality
- lower rates of SIDS
- stimulates uterine contractions and it’s return to normal size
- less postpartum bleeding
- lower risk for certain diseases
- burns extra calories in a day
- lower risk of Postpartum Depression
Did you know that you can shape your baby’s taste buds? One of my nutrient packed faves for baby+me is a bowl of sauteed veggies and a salad. 3 things here:
*Pregnancy: Amniotic fluid can have flavor! Baby’s taste buds develop by 13th – 15th week of pregnancy. By repetitive exposure to a variety of foods through what we eat during pregnancy, it can predisposed our children to like more of a variety of foods as they get older.
*Postpartum: Same while breastfeeding! Did you know that your breast milk flavor can change especially if you’ve eaten strongly flavored foods like garlic for example. Possibly those different flavors can get baby ready for solids!
*Beyond: the likelihood of kiddos trying more foods, liking a variety of foods, and choosing healthier options as they get older are greater by you SHAPING THEIR TASTEBUDS earlier on. Kiddos also take to family habits so keep that healthy variety going!
Gravity and a physiologic labor and birth. Your own innate power and ability to do what’s needed…and laboring+birthing in an upright position aids that. Its working with gravity and not against it which helps bring baby down and out. Nature is power! Benefits…
- shorter labor
- better pain management
- more effective contractions
- less interventions and medical assistance
- Less risk of compressing mom’s aorta = better oxygen supply to baby
- increase of space in pelvis which aids in baby natural descent through birth canal
PS! You don’t have to birth on your back for the convenience of others. But, if you decide to, just let it be because YOU decided to and that’s okay if that’s what makes you comfortable. Education is key.