As a pregnant lady, I’ve had to learn some weird and wonderful things about my body. And while there are certain things that I would not know, there are some things that are important to know. Learning about breast care is one of the most important things that a woman can do for herself. With this in mind, here are some fun facts about nipples, boobs and the chest area.
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Breastfeeding wasn’t always popular
These days, breastfeeding is considered one of the best things that you can do for your children, but it wasn’t always like this. It was popular for wealthy women to use wet nurses instead of feeding their own children. And when infant formula was invented, wealthy women switched to it as a way to show that they were rich. But now the tables have turned and breastfeeding is on the rise and formula is no longer a sign of wealth. Now, women have access to vast networks of nursing advice to help them on their breastfeeding journey. I’ll admit, even I was against breastfeeding at one point (don’t look at me like that, I’ve been a parent for a long time) but after having a lot of conversations and plenty of education, I’ve switched to team breastfeeding.
It is possible for babies and men to lactate too
This might seem strange but it possible for men to lactate. Galactorrhea is a condition that can affect both men and women, and is defined by “inappropriate lactating”. It is believed to be caused by hormone surges and it more common in women than men, but it can happen to men too. When it happens in babies, it is generally after they have been born and can last for a few days until their mother’s hormones have left their systems.
Nipples are delicate little things
Despite women putting their nipples through a lot when it comes to breastfeeding, they are still delicate little things that can get damaged. When a woman is breastfeeding, she can experience sore and cracked nipples but with some TLC (and gritted teeth), they will recover quickly so she can continue on feeding. But exercise can also damage them, especially for men. Loose fitting tops and sweat can cause an exfoliation effect that can cause nipples to split and bleed.
Keep an eye on any changes
It is normal for nipples to change colour, size, and shape but you should always keep an eye on any changes as they can be a warning sign. Breast cancer recovery rates are at an all-time high because of early detection and education. There are some reasons why your nipples might suddenly change, pregnancy is a big one, but any other reason might be a warning sign that something is wrong. If you are concerned about any changes to your breasts, get in touch with your doctor and get it checked out.
How many nipples do you have?
Thanks to Chandler Bing from Friends, people started a conversation about weird and wonderful body parts. For those of you don’t have a clue what I am on about, Chandler had three nipples. Actually, the openness of the internet has probably really helped with that too. Now we all know which celebrities have three nipples, no bellybuttons, and strange fingers. There isn’t just third nipples, there are different types of nipples including double nipples, and some people are born without them. Harry Styles has four of them and has made it a running joke that he doesn’t take his shirt off in case he scares his fans.
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