Breastfeeding, also called nursing, is the process of feeding a mother's breast milk to her infant, either directly from the breast or by expressing pumping out the milk from the breast and bottle-feeding it to the infant. Increased breastfeeding globally could prevent approximately , deaths of children under the age of five annually. Benefits for the mother include less blood loss following delivery , better uterus contraction, and decreased postpartum depression. Health organizations, including the WHO , recommend breastfeeding exclusively for six months. Changes early in pregnancy prepare the breast for lactation. Before pregnancy the breast is largely composed of adipose fat tissue but under the influence of the hormones estrogen , progesterone , prolactin , and other hormones, the breasts prepare for production of milk for the baby.
There are many benefits to breastfeeding, both for you and for your baby. If you want to breastfeed it's important not to be put off if it's difficult. Most women are physically able to breastfeed. It is rare for a mother to be physically unable to breastfeed.
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A common worry among women with small breasts is whether or not they will be able to breastfeed. They may even hear from friends or family that because of their breast size, they won't make enough breast milk. That's a myth , and it's just not true.
Boobs are a subject of mystery and concern at puberty, both for boys and girls. What are they like? How big should they be? Once the ovaries start sending oestrogen around the body, a girl's breasts will begin to grow. This process is gradual, taking as much as four years for full development.