4 Ways Breastfeeding Affects Your Body
Know What to Expect
There are so many benefits that both you and your baby can reap when you choose breastfeeding. It’s important to know, however, that there are a number of ways that breastfeeding affects your body. Let’s take a look at four specific ways it can impact your body to help you know what to expect. Be sure to shop our online store for the Nustle, which can help increase your production and decrease discomfort.
Your Breasts May Leak - A Lot!
There’s a reason why maternity stores sell so many nursing pads. From dribbles to sprays, your breasts can leak when it’s time for a feeding, when you hear your baby or any baby cry, and even when you just think about your baby! The best way to ensure you avoid embarrassing wet spots on your shirt is to plan ahead and always have a good supply of nursing pads in your purse or diaper bag.
Breastfeeding May Help You Lose Your Pregnancy Weight
Many women discover that breastfeeding helps them lose their pregnancy weight. The reason for this is that breast milk is high in fat and calories, and when you nurse, the fat and calories go directly from your body into your baby’s. Remember that what you eat goes into the production of breast milk, so do your best to maintain a healthy diet full of fruits, veggies, and lean proteins.
Your Breasts May Be Lopsided
If you notice that one breast seems larger than the other, it’s likely not your imagination. A number of moms discover that one breast produces more milk than the other, leading to a somewhat lopsided appearance. To try to avoid this, you can do your best to feed your baby evenly from both sides. If one side has more ducts, however, it will likely always be more productive than the other.
You Might Experience Intense Hormone Changes
Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for moving milk to the front of the breasts and is also the same hormone released in the brain when you fall in love. No wonder you feel head over heels in love with your newborn! Additionally, you may discover that you feel incredibly sleepy when you breastfeed. Again, this is due to oxytocin. Hormonal swings are normal, but if you feel that your mood swings are too intense or that something is wrong, be sure to talk with your doctor.
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