Keeping abreast of your breasts

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Breasts, jugs, cans, knockers, bubbies, tits, the twins, kahunas, titties, headlamps, love bumps, snuggle pups, maracas, melons, baby buffet, milk bar, twin peaks, party pillows, boobies, fun bags. . .

Call them what you may, the bottom line is that every female has breasts – love them or hate them – they are here to stay.

Apart from using them as a secret weapon to hypnotise men or add extra curves to that LBD (little black dress), your breasts have been “designed” with absolute precision and the tiniest of details have been so carefully included in the blueprint. Whether you believe in evolution, a higher religious power, the big bang or life on other planets, the female breasts are an example of the brilliance of the anatomy.

Breast Anatomy Enlightenment

Some amazing facts about breast include:

Breast size IS NOT related to the amount of milk you can produce. Breast size is determined by the amount of fatty tissue you have and has no connection.

When your baby feeds, your nipple changes shape (similar to that of a rugby ball) and this allows to optimally adapt to your baby’s mouth for proper jaw and muscle coordination.

A proper feeding latch entails that your baby’s mouth will make a sealed vacuum whilst drawing the nipple in to its mouth so that no air gets in. So it’s important to look for a bottle that resembles the nipple while breastfeeding (as opposed to the nipple in its normal, round state).breast feeding 1Sucking is not just for nutritional purposes. It also helps to strengthen the baby’s facial muscles and sucking reflex. A German study shows that a newborn typically consumes 70g of breastmilk in 13 minutes, with 569 sucking motions and 53 pauses. Phew that is hard work!!

Lets talk about the nipples in detail: on average a lactating women has about 4 nipple openings, to ensure that the milk spreads and mixes with saliva in the babies mouth which contributes to aiding in digestion. So in order to be as close to mimicking the breast, be sure to select a bottle that offers more than one “hole opening” in the teat.

Primates (that is monkeys) have full breasts when breast feeding but they return to a flat shape and size when no longer feeding their babies. However, human females always have “full shaped breasts” even when feeding stops.

There are many shapes of nipples including normal, flat, puffy and inverted.

breast shapes and sizes

Both breasts are never an identical shape or size. And usually the left one is bigger in size.

Your breasts are designed primarily to produce milk and feed a baby but what if for whatever reason you are unable to breastfeed your baby and need to turn to donor milk, formula feed or express? DO NOT DESPAIR or slash your wrists with a blunt butter knife; there are phenomenal bottles on the market that have been carefully researched and designed to replicate a mothers breast as closely as possible with all the above breast characteristics and functions. The bottom line is that signs of bottle feeding have been found dating back to the 13th century and will continue for as long as we, as humans, are procreating, so instead of blocking and shunning bottle usage rather encourage the development of this device and encourage mothers to be empowered and make their own choices and to give their baby the best in whatever they choose.

Disclaimer: we all know that breast is best!!

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