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Are Nighttime Nursing Bras Needed?

While formula is $150 per month and breast milk is free, there are still budgetary concerns new moms have when purchasing their breastfeeding supplies.  One question I get quite often is do I need a sleep bra?  The answer is quite simply, yes!  The reason night-time nursing bras are a must is that newborns nurse every 2-3 hours and while you are nursing on one side, the other breast is letting down simultaneously so you are nursing on one side and leaking on the other.  Wearing a comfortable sleep bra will offer you protection from leakage as your nursing bra keeps your other pad in place while you are nursing on the first breast.  Support can also prevent unwanted leakage as you turn and move in the night.   You can start wearing your sleep bra during pregnancy if you are already leaking colostrum and continue to wear it at least for the first six to eight weeks when leaking is most prevalent.  If you are a mom with a heavy milk flow, you will want to wear it throughout…

Breastfeeding Protects Mothers and Babies Against Cancer

Women who breastfeed receive added protection from breast cancer.  One reason is delayed menstruation which reduces a woman’s lifetime exposure to hormones like estrogen, which is linked to breast cancer risk.  Studies show that the greatest benefit comes when a woman breastfeeds for a total of two years.  Another reason are the physical changes in breast tissue cells that accompany milk production provide some protection as well. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, breast tissue reaches the final stages
of physical maturity where the milk-making cells grow and proliferate. In addition, shedding
of breast tissue during lactation.  These shed cells are aimed at maximizing the immunity benefits infants receive through the transfer of antibodies in breast milk.
     In addition to reducing a mothers risk, breastfed infants benefit greatly as well.  Breastfed babies are less likely to become overweight children possibly because of an appetite-regulating hormone leptin, that is trans…