Have you ever wondered how breasts make milk? The cells in breast tissue extract water, sugar, proteins, vitamins and mineral from mother’s blood and convert them into milk for her baby. The awesome capacity of the breast to produce milk is made possible by complex biochemical and hormonal homeostasis. Breast milk is produced after birth by means of a synchronized dance; essential are the rise and fall of specific hormones.
Interesting facts about breastfeeding:
- There is a noted calmness reported by women who breastfeed and some research points to women feeling less stress and pain compared to formula feeders. (Riordan et al., 2010)
- The delicate interplay of hormones and glands that are essential to lactation; enables a mother to create a letdown of milk merely by thinking of her baby.
- A mother’s body can detect, produce and transfer specific antibodies through her breast milk to protect baby.
The breast isn’t just a container for milk but a vital organ of active production driven by a baby nursing. (Riordan et al., 2010) The ducts inside the breast are intertwined and resemble tree roots. These roots search for water and nutrients not only to nourish but grow, strengthen and protect the tree. It’s amazing how Mother Nature has created everything in absolute equilibrium.
Nesha Joshi RN BSN IBCLC
Edited by: Rachel Morasse (thank you!)
Riordan, J., & Wambach, K. (2010). Breastfeeding and human lactation. Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett .
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