Category Archives for "Breastfeeding"

October 13, 2008

Breastfeeding Benefits on Intelligence

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How Breastfeeding Increases IQ

Modern parents want to do everything they can to help their children’s brain development.

Never before have there been so many products and books sold that claim to help parents stimulate their baby’s brain, assist in brain development, and give baby an intelligence “edge”.

Recently, a variety of studies have come to light that tout how breastfeeding benefits brain development and intelligence.

How does breastfeeding benefit the brain?

It comes down to a couple of important things, some of which are tangible and measurable, and some that are not.
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September 18, 2008

Breast Milk Supply Worries

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One of the most common worries of the new breastfeeding mother is having low breast milk supply. Many new Moms worry that they are not producing enough milk for their babies. This fear stems from several factors in the new mother’s environment and her own feelings of inadequacy as a mother. It is a fear that needs to be addressed because it causes many worried mothers to supplement with baby formula – which generally will not increase milk supply. On the contrary, supplementing with baby formula will cause the mother’s breast milk supply to plummet … until she is fully feeding with formula.

Causes of Breast Milk Supply Worries

Concerns about breast milk supply are triggered by:

  • expecting breastmilk to begin “flowing” immediately after birth (when breastmilk actually comes in at least two days after birth)
  • hospital workers and other health care givers giving a can of formula, or prescribing a brand, “just in case” (when in fact supplementing with formula will cause the mother’s breastmilk supply to decrease)
  • a fussy baby (when babies fuss and cry for different reasons other than hunger)
  • a baby who doesn’t sleep for long stretches (when some babies are just not good sleepers compared to others)
  • a baby who wants to nurse more often than every two hours (when breastfed babies really are hungry often because breastmilk is quicker and easier to digest than formula)
  • the mother not feeling “full” anymore (when in fact her body has adjusted to her baby’s demand and therefore no longer makes too much)

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September 3, 2008

Breastfeeding Beyond One Year – Why I Do It

It happened again. As I lifted up my blouse to nurse the nearly-2-year-old Anton, I got an incredulous response: “You’re still breastfeeding him?” I merely smiled and kept right on nursing.

On hindsight, I should have done better. It was a perfect opportunity to educate another woman about the benefits of breastfeeding beyond one year. In fact, the woman I was with is a registered nurse and yet she didn’t recognize the importance of breastfeeding my toddler.

So I’ve been thinking of what I wish I had said, or what I will say next time this happens. I think it’ll be something like, “Yes, of course. As far as breastfeeding is concerned, the longer a mother breastfeeds, the better it is for her baby and for herself.”

And if the person I’m talking to is still interested, then I will give the juicy details:

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