April 23, 2014

Another Reason To Breastfeed

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Several research studies have shown that there are many benefits to breastfeeding your baby.  The properties of breastmilk is unlike any other in the world.  Here are some pros we already know about:

  • Promotes a stronger immune system and protects against various infections and illnesses
  • Gives kids a lower chance of developing asthma and obesity
  • Protects babies from developing allergies
  • May boost baby’s intelligence
  • Lowers the risk of SIDS

But here’s a new development in the breastfeeding arena.  A new British study shows that babies who have been breastfed for at least 4 months are less likely to develop behavior problems in childhood.  They are also less likely to lie, steal, be anxious, or hyperactive.

What’s the cause?  Scientists said one possibility is that breast milk contains fatty acids that  aid in brain development, AFP  reported. Another possible cause of better behavior may grow out of the  strong bond that nursing creates between mother and child.

I don’t know about you, but for a chance to have a NON-bratty kid, I’ll breastfeed every child I have.  And anyway, breastfeeding is way cheaper and I do love the bonding that happens between me and my baby in those precious 6 months.  I’m not calling for all moms to bare it all and breastfeed though.  I’m more of a discreet and covered up breastfeeder…but that’s another topic for another post, isn’t it?

What about you? Do you or did you breastfeed?  What do you think about this new british study on breastfeeding?

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