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gender and breastfeeding (stolen from other group)

Posted by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM
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I don't believe there is a direct corrolation between cows and humans, however this is an interesting study and does make you think a little if there is a difference between boys/girls when nursing. What is your experience?

Moms Prefer Daughter to Son & the Proof Could Be in the Breast Milk



by Michele Zipp

Moms can attest that the relationship with your daughter is different than the one with your son. It's not that you love one more than the other though I have made statements to my boy/girl twins that whoever starts 100 percent pooping on the potty first will be the favorite, the one who I buy the pony or rocket ship for. I'm kidding. Sort of. They are two different beings, so the love is just it's own unique and groovy kind of one. Oh and yes, some people just like one kid more than the other when it comes to certain things.

Breastfeeding was different with both kids as well. Going through it at the same time with twins, made me really see how no two kids are alike, there's no one size fits all answer or solution on how to get a baby to latch, to sleep, to be soothed. The correlation is just different. A new study revealed a link between a mother's production of breastmilk and if her child was a boy or a girl. Guess who we produce more milk for? Hint: It's the one we like more.

Mothers produce more milk for their daughters. We lactate more for our little girls. Does this mean we like them more? Can we like one child more than the other? We want to nourish the one we like more?

But before we delve, this study was done on Holstein dairy cows. The mama cows produced much more milk for their little girls than their sons. From this study, researchers concluded that the gender of your child affects milk production. And they feel there is a relation to humans.

As I was reading the study, I thought that maybe it was because of the female hormones and a female's ability to produce milk combined to make milk production more productive in the mother. Or we just like our own kind more. Maybe? But then I thought of my own breastfeeding experience --nursing twins. I had one breast that produced very well, and the other usually half of the other. My daughter had a hard time latching, and weaned herself first. My son, however, was an excellent nursling. If I had to guess, I'd say I produced more for my son since he was demanding it more, therefore I supplied. But perhaps the supply had more to do with the fact I had a daughter nursing at the same time. My son drank all the love milk I made for my daughter! And she still has 10 pounds on him!

The researchers feel it’s likely that hormones change things as they enter the bloodstream when baby is a fetus. That can change the mammary glands, and affect milk production. What's also to note is that if there is a daughter with the first pregnancy, even future pregnancies and breastmilk production could be affected and increased. Is this some sort of girl power thing? Some female bonding thing? Our mammary glands just seem to prefer other females and so they respond with reward, more milk.

Also, for the record, I love both my kids equally.

Was your milk production more favorable for your daughter or your son?

Image via Leigh Blackall/Flickr

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Precious333
by Group Mod-Julia on Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM
I have heard another study that when moms are living in poverty than their milk supply tends to favor girls, but if they are living ij.abundance than it favors boys, I dont know.how true that is.

That being said, all my boys demanded more from me, so i believe I made more and they were much bigger. My little girl demands less and is more petite.
Junebaby18
by Nannerz on Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM
My first baby was a boy and I had severe oversupply and overactive letdown. I could hand express 6-8 oz bottles (I now know that is way too much for him) for him every 2-3 hours very early on up until 6 weeks when I FINALLY got him to latch on. I had oversupply until what I thought was him weaning at about 10-11 months. Realized years later that he was doing a nursing strike. I had SO much milk when he "weaned" that I was in pain.

With my second, I had really bad oversupply too, but slightly better than with the first baby. This baby was also a boy.

With my third, a girl, I had os/oal also but it had improved since my second baby.


micheledo
by Bronze Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I am guessing there is a reason other then 'we love them more.'  I'm curious if the nutrients in breastmilk change for boy/girl?  Do girls need more available to them because of how they suck?  I don't know.  Just very interesting. 

My milk supply seemed to be the greated with my firstborn.  I could pump 10 ounces easy.  Even after nursing him.  :D  And he was a boy.

polkaspots
by Gold Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM
I make much more milk for the boys than I did for dd because she got formula as well.
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MinaPR
by Mina on Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:47 AM
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I produced the same for my boys and girls. I had deep freezers for all of my kids. It may be different for cows because of years and years of selective breeding and dairy farms taking the male calves from their mothers at a very early age favoring the female offspring. Animals do this, they favor the offspring that has the best bet at surviving into adulthood.

hip2it
by Bronze Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM
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I'm no help. I got no milk with my first, a boy, but he never latched and I had a cheap low grade pump and gave up immediately.

With my second and third (girl, boy) I think I supplemented with formula almost the entire time and made it seven months with both. With dd I rented a hospital pump. Didn't have one with ds. Ds was a better nurser though.

Now I have a boy. I don't necessarily think my supply is different I'm just educated on the subject enough now to know with dd and ds I had oal for sure. Now I have an over supply but I pumped a lot in the first two weeks (he's twelve weeks). Still have an over supply so I started pumping for a donor baby.
Precious333
by Group Mod-Julia on Jan. 28, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Great point!!!

Quoting MinaPR:

I produced the same for my boys and girls. I had deep freezers for all of my kids. It may be different for cows because of years and years of selective breeding and dairy farms taking the male calves from their mothers at a very early age favoring the female offspring. Animals do this, they favor the offspring that has the best bet at surviving into adulthood.

carsonsmommytam
by Tammara on Jan. 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM
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I have 2 boys. Produced like a Holstein with both ;)
littlecheifsmom
by Bronze Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM
I have 2 boys
First I had major over supply
Second I didn't make any ( I know for a fact) & I had to pump take meds to help boost supply ect. Too a few weeks but we got there
angelchewning
by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

 I am a milk making MACHINE for DS. i seriously hope i dont make more when/if i have a girl. i would choke the poor lil lady!

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