How well do you know your BREASTS?

Get ready to be amazed at how your breasts work. Take our quick quiz and find out how much you know.

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1. How many open­ings does a nip­ple have?

A) One only B) About four C) I have no idea

2. Which breast size makes the most milk?

A)A, B and C cup B)D, E and F cup C) Size doesn’t mat­ter

3. What is the shape of the nip­ple while feed­ing?

A) Round B) Asym­met­ri­cal C) Flat

An­swer 1:

The cor­rect an­swer is B, but don’t feel bad if you chose A. Most women who have not nursed a baby be­fore think that the nip­ple only has one open­ing, when in fact the num­ber of open­ings is unique to ev­ery woman. Ac­cord­ing to a Ger­man study*, lac­tat­ing moth­ers have on av­er­age 3.9 ac­tive milk ducts (holes) on each nip­ple. Won­der why? Milk sprays out of the mul­ti­ple holes and spreads around the mouth where it mixes with saliva. This puts the lac­tose in the milk in con­tact with the lac­tase en­zyme in your baby’s saliva, which aids di­ges­tion and helps pre­vent colic. It makes sense that Mother Na­ture is just that clever.

An­swer 2:

The an­swer is C – size is ir­rel­e­vant. Your cup size has no bear­ing on the amount of milk you pro­duce. Your breast size is de­ter­mined largely by how much fatty tis­sue you have, and fatty tis­sue has no con­nec­tion with how much milk you make. The mam­mary glands make the milk, and the pro­duc­tion is trig­gered by baby’s nurs­ing. When a baby sucks, the milk is pushed from the glands to the ducts un­der the nip­ple and are­ola and out into baby’s mouth. Your breasts will get larger though dur­ing preg­nancy as the glands pre­pare them­selves, and they will be larger as they fill with milk. The amount of milk, how­ever, is de­ter­mined by how much baby nurses: Sim­ple de­mand and sup­ply.

An­swer 3:

The an­swer is B. When your baby feeds, your nip­ple changes shape to an asym­met­ri­cal flat, elon­gated shape – adapt­ing op­ti­mally to your baby’s mouth for proper jaw and mus­cle co­or­di­na­tion. Your baby’s mouth will latch around the are­ola, mak­ing a sealed vac­uum and draw­ing the nip­ple into the mouth. When your baby latches prop­erly, no air will get in. A Ger­man study shows that a new­born typ­i­cally con­sumes 70 g of breast­milk in 13 min­utes, with 569 suck­ing mo­tions and 53 pauses. Fas­ci­nat­ing! All this suck­ing gives more than just nu­tri­tion – it ac­tu­ally ex­er­cises the jaw, lips and fa­cial mus­cles, widen­ing the lower jaw and help­ing op­ti­mal oral de­vel­op­ment.

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