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12 shocking facts about breastfeeding and modified milk. Did you know that


Breastfeeding versus bottle feeding, despite the passage of years, is a hot topic of discussion. Not only young mothers, but also experts, doctors, psychologists, historians and companies that profit from the sale of modified milk. Below are 12 interesting and little-known facts about the history of breastfeeding and modified milk.

Mother's milk is NOT sterile

For decades, scientists thought mother's milk was sterile. This is not true and we know it today. The child, consuming 800 ml of mother's milk, receives cper day from 100,000 to 10 million bacteria. These bacteria have an extremely important impact on building a child's immunity. It is the state of the intestinal flora that determines how effectively the body cope with infections.

Mum's milk is not dairy

Unlike modified milk, mother's milk is not dairy. It is digested very quickly by the child drinking it. And perfectly adapted to his needs. Despite the passage of years, scientists still do not know the full composition of breast milk and can not explain the meaning of each ingredient appearing in it.

Even 1.2 liters

Daily milk production in women is from 500 ml to 1200 ml. Of course, milk production depends on the child's age and needs. The smallest is just after delivery, when colostrum is produced, the newborn baby needs literally a few drops to meet his needs. Over time, production increases. However, it is not the mother but the child who is responsible for producing enough milk. This baby, by sucking his breast, ensures that milk is produced in exactly the amount he needs. It has been shown that mothers' milk is present appetite regulating hormones. In other words, the baby won't eat any more, even if there is too much milk.

Milk production needs a lot of energy

Milk-producing breasts consume up to 30% resting energy of the mother. It's more than a brain or a heart.

Diabetes reduces milk production

The risk of milk deficiency is significantly increased in women with gestational diabetes. This is a huge threat because the statistics are alarming. Diabetes and pre-diabetes are more common, as is the problem of being overweight.

Late motherhood and first child

They may have a problem with lactation women giving birth for the first time after 35 years of age. Of course, these are problems that can often be solved with wise support.

After having your breast augmented, breast feeding may be difficult

Surgeons argue that if the implant surgery is carried out correctly, the woman will be able to breastfeed. Meanwhile, recent research suggests that women who have had an incision around the areola of the nipple (they are most often made during breast augmentation) have up to 5 times more often problems with food shortage. In addition, breast enlargement is associated with a reduction of up to 40% chance of breastfeeding only an infant. Everything from women's fears that the material from which the implants were made could harm the child.

Lack of milk is rarely a problem

It is estimated that only from 1 to 5% of women suffer from diseases and conditions that inhibit lactation and prevent complete breastfeeding. For these women, there is talk of primary milk shortage. These women are not physically ready for lactation.

Can you drink a glass of wine while breastfeeding?

Alcohol levels in mother's blood and milk are the highest in within half an hour to an hour after drinking it (individual reactions are possible). So, when you feed your baby several times a day, you can drink a glass of wine immediately after feeding your baby, without remorse, assuming that the next feeding will take place in 3-4 hours.

It was not milk producers that made women stop breastfeeding

In many discussions, there is a dominant belief that the largest concerns are responsible for the withdrawal of women from breastfeeding. It's not true. Modified milk was created as a result of the need to create milk replacing breast milk. In other words, it we women caused the mixture to appear, which most breast-feeding advocates forget or do not want to hear.

Modified milk appeared at the turn of the centurywhen America began industrialization process, railways developed and time began to be measured with increasingly better watches. Just then, women began a long journey with their husbands, leaving for a better job. They started living away from mothers and grandmothers who could support them in learning to breastfeed, went to work where they could not take the children. They had to find a solution that would allow them to work (to ensure the livelihoods of their families), while providing milk for their children. Sounds familiar?

The first formula of modified milk was invented by the famous German chemist Justus von Liebieg. By 1883, 23 patented modified milk mixtures were created. Earlier, women used so-called canned condensed milk, very generously sweetened.

Currently, the market of modified milk and baby food is worth $ 35 billion a year.

When modified milk was invented, mothers were begged to breastfeed

In Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Department of Health warned women of the real dangers of feeding babies with modified milk. It turns out that the death resulting from bottle feeding was then very real. It was estimated that fifteen bottle-fed babies died for each breast-fed infant. 13% of children died before their first birthday, most due to diarrhea resulting from the consumption of contaminated milk. Hence in Chicago there were plenty of posters begging mothers to breastfeed.

Milk producers on advertising posters informed mothers: "If you have to feed with modified milk, try us. Maybe your child won't get sick so much. "

Pediatric specialization was created as a result of the development of milk mixtures

Before the 20th century there was no pediatric specialization. The family doctor was treating the sick children. Childbirth, baby feeding, and upbringing were the domain of women. Pediatrics developed with the development of milk mixtures, when mothers began to look for information on how to feed a bottle, the principle of feeding schedule was introduced. Percentage feeding was promoted, involving the creation of a mixture that was individually tailored to the needs of the child. This required visits to the doctor and information on how to feed the child. In the 1860s, milk companies cleverly used the doctors' new competences by providing modified milk without labels with information on how to prepare the mixture, which meant that mothers were forced to visit a pediatrician to learn how to give a bottle. For several years, the medical community that warned against breastfeeding now saw nothing wrong with this method, provided that the woman and the child remained under the care of a doctor.

Part of the above information was prepared on the basis of facts taken from the book "Oditionieni. The evolution of breastfeeding. A history of controversy. ‚ÄĚJennifer Grayson. We encourage you to read!