Family Wellness First
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Three more reasons why breast is best!
Breastfeeding may result in less stress for moms:
Moms, want to lower stress? Try breastfeeding. New research from the Douglas Hospital Research Centre in Montreal shows mothers who breastfeed respond less to stressful situations than those who bottle-feed their children. These findings suggest these mothers may be better able to care for their children.
"It has been well established that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for infants - it is beneficial to their physical and mental development," says Claire-Dominique Walker, Ph.D., senior investigator and director of the Neuroscience Research Division at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre. "Our work now shows that there is a reciprocal benefit of breastfeeding to the mothers - they react less to stressful situations. This means they will focus more on their children and have more energy for activities such as attending to their infants and producing milk - this is an obvious gain for the children."
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Breastfeeding and intelligence of preschool children
A recent study performed at the University of Auckland examined the effects of breastfeeding and its effects on the intelligence of preschool children who were born small for gestational age. In the small for gestational age group, breastfeeding was significantly associated with higher intelligence. Longer durations of breastfeeding were associated with higher mean intelligence test scores.
Breast Milk is Alive?
Human milk is alive with beneficial bacteria that aid an infant's digestion and help prevent diarrhea (a frequent cause of death in developing countries) and with immunoglobulins that protect infants from disease. In one study a group of infants fed artificial milk had $68,000 in medical care costs in a six-month period while an equal number of nursing babies had only $4,000 worth. In Brazil an artificially-fed baby is 14 times more likely to die than an exclusively breastfed baby and at least 4 times more likely to die than an infant receiving both mother's milk and artificial milk. New Beginnings. May-June 1995.
Read many more reasons why breastfeeding is best for your baby: http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/children/breastfeeding.htm
Having Difficulty Breastfeeding? Does your baby need to suck continuously?
The Excessive Need to Suck: Getting to the Cause:
Frequently, babies will demonstrate a need to continually suck. This can become exhausting to the breastfeeding mother and she may resort to the use of pacifiers. Frequently, this excessive need is due to cranial and upper neck misalignment in the baby. The continuous sucking action relieves the baby of the discomfort from the misalignment. If your baby seems to have an excessive need to suck, before you resort to a pacifier, visit your family chiropactor to have your baby's spine and cranium checked.
Ability to breastfeed Improved with chiropractic care: http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/articles/childhood/suck_reflex.htm
Read the research on chiropractic care to eliminate breastfeeding difficulties: http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/chiropractic/breastfeeding.htm
Find a doctor of chiropractic: http://www.icpa4kids.org/find.htm
Challenging the use of pacifiers:
Although parents are encouraged to use pacifiers to sooth their babies, there are known reasons why their use should be discouraged:
In the above Aukland study, "Breastfeeding and intelligence of preschool children" it was observed that those children offered a pacifier weaned sooner than those babies who were not given a pacifier.
Another study shows the negative effects of pacifiers on breasfeeding:
Pacifiers Linked with Breast Feeding Problems: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11466098&dopt=Abstract
And pacifier use increases the frequency of ear infections:
Pacifiers Linked With Ear Infection: Niemela M, Pihakari O, Pokka T, Uhari M Pacifier as a risk factor for acute otitis media: A randomized, controlled trial of parental counseling Pediatrics 2000 (Sep); 106 (3): 483-488
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