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Interesting facts about breastfeeding and breastpumping

Source:  “Did You Know?  Interesting Facts and Fun Trivia about Breastfeeding and Breastpumping.”  Medela, Inc., 1101 Corporate Drive, McHenry, Ill. 60050.


Did you know?

  • A breastfeed last an average of 16 minutes.

  • Almost three-quarters of moms produce more milk with their right breast (no corelation to being right or left – handed).
  • Babies will take more milk from the first breast offered.
  • The avearge time it takes for a mom’s milk to let-down or start flowing, during a breastfeed is 56 seconds (but this can vary widely – so don’t get stressed if you take longer).
  • About a third of moms can’t sense let-down. Watch for your milk to flow faster to see it happen.
  • Babies breastfeed until they’re full, not until they ” empty” your breast. On average, babies remove 67% of the milk you have available- this amount can vary widely among moms.
  • Whether breastfeeding or pumping, the amount of milk removed and its fat content are similar.
  • Babies instinctively know how to get your milk quickly and efficiently: they start breastfeeding with a faster suck for stimulation until you let-down. then when your milk is flowing, they switch to a slower, deeper suck and eat until they are full.
  • It’s common for babies to have resting periods during breastfeeding – sometimes they ” take breaks” in between sucks.
  • Your baby controls your breastmilk flow with an instinctive action that includes sucking, swallowing and breathing – your milk flows during the actual sucking part, when your baby moves his tongue a certain way.
  • Your milk sprays out of many holes, not just one.
  • 82% of breastfeeding moms use a breastpump.
  • 73% of breastfeeding/breastpumping moms get outside help. There’s an entire profession dedicated to successful breastfeeding – lactation consultants are passionate about helping you and your baby breastfeed. You can find one in your state at (click on “About IBLCE” then “US Registry of IBCLC’s”)
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding (that mean no formula – but pumped breastmilk is okay) for 6 months and continued brestfeeding for a minimum of 1 year. Actual recent statistics:
    • 71% of babies have ever breastfed.
    • 36%still breastfeed at 6 monts.
    • 17% still breastfeed at 1 year.
  • Years ago, breastpumps resembled turkey basters. We’ve come a long way.
  • No matter your size, you’ll make enough milk for your baby – A cups, rejoice.
  • When your child is grown, you’ll fondly remember the warm, unique bond you shared while breastfeeding – quarenteed.

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