When you think about it, babies are truly incredible. It's unbelievable that a sperm and egg can combine, grow inside our bodies, and emerge as human beings. Then, in their first year of life, they grow and develop exponentially from snuggly newborns into sassy toddlers, constantly changing along the way. Some of those changes happen right away, too, like when they're enjoying their first meal. In fact, there are so many things your baby's body is doing while breastfeeding, it might just blow your mind.
According to the Infant Nutrition Council, breast milk is pretty much a perfect food for babies, containing a balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates that can help them grow and thrive. As they snuggle against you, and feel your love, warmth, and touch, their body produces endorphins — feel good hormones — which a Cochrane Review shows can help relieve pain. Their body temperature stabilizes also stabilized, and they are able to relax. In addition to nutrition and snuggles, breastfeeding may also give your baby important protection from some types of infections. And of course, what goes in must come out, and breast milk is no exception. Breastfed babies poop, a lot.
Next time you are feeding your baby, stop and consider all of the things that are happening in their body. It's actually pretty amazing.