For National Celebrate Breastfeeding Week, we look at five facts about breastfeeding that might surprise you
It’s Celebrate Breastfeeding Week in the UK, which is a week designed to raise awareness of the health and wellbeing outcomes of breastfeeding and the importance of supporting mothers to breastfeed for as long as they wish.
This the week is focuses on the benefits of breastfeeding, the positive impact it can have on babies, mother and families and the help that healthcare professionals can provide.
We’ll be running a competition shortly, but first, we wanted to talk about surprising facts about breastfeeding. It's a frequently discussed topic that you might think you're pretty knowledgeable about, but here are five surprising facts you might not know about breastfeeding:
You might have heard about the benefits for babies, but did you know there are lots of benefits for mums, too? Our Pregnacare midwife outlined the benefits of breastfeeding, which included lots of benefits for babies – but if you’re a breastfeeding mum, she also outlined the benefits for you, too. Breastfeeding will lower your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer, naturally uses up to 500 calories a day and can help to build a strong bond between you and your baby. It's also completely free, and means lots of time spent sitting down watching box sets with a snuggly baby and a snack. Gill from A Baby on Board also outlined more unexpectedly brilliant benefits of breastfeeding too.
You can still breastfeed when your baby has allergies: Even if you suspect your baby has allergies, or this has been confirmed by a doctor, you don’t have to stop feeding them. It will mean making some dietary changes, but it is possible. Read our post by blogger Eilidh on breastfeeding when your baby has allergies with lots of tips, advice and support. Lauren over at Dillan and Me has a brilliant section on breastfeeding with CMPA (cow’s milk protein allergy).
Breastfeeding after a c-section? Yep, it’s very possible: Despite what some people might tell you about breastfeeding after a c-section being tricky, lots of mums do it. Make sure you seek advice from midwives and breastfeeding consultants while you’re still in the hospital. Katie from Mummy Daddy and Me wrote for us about breastfeeding after a c-section - make sure you watch her breastfeeding video.
You can carry on breastfeeding when you go back to work: While it may involve some strategic expressing, you can still carry on breastfeeding when you go back to work. Here are all our tips on expressing, breastfeeding and working and things you might not know about being a working. breastfeeding mum.
Lots of people struggle: It’s not just you: And finally in our list of facts about breastfeeding, while breastfeeding may come naturally to some, for lots of women it can be a struggle to get there. It’s important to know that it’s not just you, and that help is available. Your hospital should have sent you home with a list of numbers and addresses of local support groups to seek help and advice (or you can ask your GP, health visitor or midwife). You can also seek help from organisations like La Leche League and the NCT.