1. Human milk sells on the open market for $4 an ounce, more than the price of oil.
2. Precious and coveted as it is, breast milk is actually 87% water.
3. Although more than 85 percent of new parents in the U.S. say they intend to breastfeed for at least three months, only 32 percent actually do.
4. Nevertheless, breastfeeding has been seriously on the rise throughout the last several decades. In the 60s and 70s, only 20- 25% of women were breastfeeding.
In the year 2000, 35% of newborns started out breastfeeding.Today that number has reached a current high of 77%.
5. At the same time, the rate of teen moms breastfeeding has decreased. In the last decade, the use of formula by teen mothers has gone up by 10%.
6. Babies can pick their mothers out of a line up by the scent of their milk.
7. Breastfeeding consumes 25% of the body’s energy. By comparison,
the brain’s functions only utilize 20%.
8. Metabolically, breastfeeding is the equivalent of a 7 mile walk.
9. More than ¾ of all women produce more milk in their right breasts
(whether or not they are right-handed).
10. On average, babies only drink about 67% of the milk available in a breast
at one time.
11. While some women carry a much greater volume of breast milk than others, it has nothing to do with breast.