6 Weird Questions You Have About Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is often a touchy subject. But there is no need for it to be, as most mothers have to go through it. It helps to talk about the topic and understand it to get a better idea of your body’s changes.

Here are some weird questions that you might have about breastfeeding, but feel apprehensive about asking the people around you:

1. Will my milk spoil if it is hot outside?

Short answer: No, it won’t.

Long answer: The milk inside your breasts is already at around 37 °C. As long as it’s still in your breasts, it will totally be fine. It’s the rapid growth of bacteria that comes when milk is exposed to air that you need to worry about. If milk is already expressed, try to not leave it in places that are warm and humid.

2. Will I leak milk during sex?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Mothers who are lactating do more than leak milk during sex. Some will squirt milk during orgasms and experts have identified oxytocin, the love hormone, as responsible for this reaction.

Source: She Rights

3. Is it normal to have orange or blue milk?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Milk doesn’t always appear to be milk. Like the taste of breastfeed, the colour can change depending on what you eat. A diet full of yams, squash, and carrots can turn milk yellow or orange; similarly, sports drinks can affect the colour too. However, you have cause to worry if it’s red, pink, brown, black, or olive green. Talk to a lactation consultant if that happens, as it could contain blood.

4. I have inverted nipples, can I breastfeed?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Although you’ll have no problem breastfeeding, it is still a good idea to be prepared. Do some stretching before your baby comes. If you still face difficulty stimulating the nipples before feeding, a silicone nipple shield should be helpful.

5. I have breast implants, can I breastfeed?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: It is possible, but some challenges are present. This is because there is an extra object in the chest cavity, which makes it much harder for the baby and the mother. It can also delay milk production and increase the chance of mastitis (inflammation in the breast tissue).

6. Will my breasts change after breastfeeding?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Pregnancy and genetics are often to blame for changes in breast size and shape. Breasts do also increase in size while breastfeeding. After you finish breastfeeding, you might see a decrease in cup size.

Source: USA Today.