Breastfeeding is one of human nature’s more impressive acts and can be so rewarding for both mother and baby. But did you know how amazing breast milk actually is? Here are 12 interesting facts about this incredible liquid.
1. It's triggered by a drop in hormones
The process of producing breast milk starts as early as two months in pregnancy, because your body needs a bit of time to adapt to the cellular changes and form milk ducts. It is complete by the end of your pregnancy (which is why some women experience leaky breasts before birth), however generally it’s only when your baby is born that the milk taps are turned on (so to speak). This is because once the placenta is removed your hormone levels drop and prolactin is activated, which sends a message to your breasts that it’s milk time.