10 Surprising Facts about Breastfeeding
By Tracey Jedrzejek, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Image by @liangkevin via unsplash


  1. Pregnant moms start making milk at week 14 of pregnancy.
  2. Many newborn babies laying on mom’s chest directly after birth, will find the breast and breastfeed with little to no help.
  3. On the first day of life, babies drink only about a teaspoon of milk per feeding.
  4. Babies do not know hunger until day three of life. They are born with a high suck need, which tells mom's body to increase her milk supply.
  5. Colostrum is yellow because it contains the powerful antioxidant beta carotene, also found in carrots and sweet potatoes.
  6. The size of a woman’s breast has little to no effect on her milk supply.
  7. Whatever environment mom breastfeeds in, her body will create antibodies for her breastmilk against the germs that her body detects in that environment.
  8. Babies do not use their teeth to breastfeed.
  9. A breastfed baby that is fed a bottle too quickly, will act hungry after finishing, because she did not get her suck needs fulfilled.
  10. The average weaning age globally is 7 years old.
Via  10 Surprising Facts about Breastfeeding

Tracey has always been passionate about babies, from a very young age, and feels so fortunate to have found a career where she can help those babies and their moms through their feeding challenges. 
She received a Masters Degree in Child Development at Mills College in Oakland, CA. After having two children, she returned to school to obtain my IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) from UC San Diego. She has worked in the hospital setting and as well as in outpatient clinics. Learn more about Tracey and read more tips and facts at www.traceylactation.com

Ingrid & Isabel was born when its founder, Ingrid, was newly pregnant with her daughter Isabel and could no longer button her pre-pregnancy bottoms. She fashioned the first prototype of the Bellaband and spent three years perfecting the design before it hit shelves in 2003. To this day, every piece we make, we design with, on, and for moms. Shop our full line of maternity wear.

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