It’s not breaking news that breastfeeding increases intelligence, as it is the perfect food for our perfect babes. The debate often revolves around how much breastfeeding is best. Western mothers who breastfeed into the toddler and preschool years (and sometimes kindergarten) are often viewed by the media as freaks or “extreme“, when throughout the world (and human history) this is the norm. Now there’s evidence long term breastfeeding promotes brain growth.
Early this morning in the few moments I have control of the remote before my children beg for their Curious George and Super Why!, I caught the report that British Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the researched behind the now infamous Austism study, was found to be a fraud…
I don’t regret following a delayed and selected vaccination schedule. I’m still selective about what my children get and when they get them, not just due to my own experiences with children with autism, but from family reactions and other research I’ve done.
The benefits of breastfeeding are countless, and any breastfeeding mother knows she is doing the best thing for her child, no matter the gender. A recent study further confirms breast is best, especially for little boys, at least Down Under.
Published in Pediatrics, researchers found boys breastfed for at least six months outperformed their peers in academic tests.
The International News reports:
The research, which followed more than 1,000 Australian children, found that 10-year-old boys who had been predominantly breastfed until at least the age of 6 months did somewhat better on a set of academic tests.
Compared with boys who’d been breastfed for less time, they scored an average of 10 percent higher in math and writing, 8 percent higher in spelling and 6 percent higher in reading.
After nine months of decaf, that first morning after delivering my babes I savoured every sip of that caffeinated soy latte. I knew on some level the caffeine would affect my breastmilk, but I thought the effect was far diminished compared to in utero coffee consumption.
Yesterday, I came across the article Booby trap: Caffeine and breastfeeding and realized I have/had many misconceptions when it came to breastfeeding and caffeine. I had not considered caffeine a psychoactive drug, a term I link to cocaine and LSD. Oh my, what have I done to my babies?
It’s common knowledge that breastfeeding provides enormous physical and psychological benefits to mother and child. These gifts are immeasurable, and the natural reason I chose to breastfeed my children. I read many books on breastfeeding and knew what gifts to expect, so I thought. One gift of breastfeeding I hadn’t anticipated was its effect on my spiritual and physical connection with nature.
Humans have evolved to live mostly in their heads. We try to connect to our hearts and bodies, but there are very few experiences in modern existence that reminds us we are mammals. For me, this connection became quite evident when I began lactating.
It turns out that the cash in your wallet may be contaminated with the dangerous chemical BPA. A recent study found that BPA (a widely used chemical that causes genetic damage, miscarriages, birth defects and acts like a hormone) is present in paper money. Water bottles, baby bottles and sippy cups just a few years ago were almost all made from BPA-containing plastic (although many are now BPA-free). The linings in food cans often contain BPA. Now we have to deal with BPA contamination in an item that we literally touch multiple times a day.
So how did BPA, commonly used in the clear hard plastic called polycarbonate, find its way into our paper currency? BPA is so widely used by industry that it has become ubiquitous in the environment. One potential source in paper money is thermal paper—the kind that’s used in inkless cash register receipts. The traces of BPA (found in the powdery film on the receipt paper) MAY rub off and transfer from receipts to our dollar bills (ie. every time a receipt is placed near the money in a cash register or wallet; or whenever we touch a receipt before touching money, etc).
Unfortunately, many people, including those behind Facebook, are uncomfortable watching women breastfeed.
We treat the natural act of feeding a baby with breasts as though it were some sort of shameful sex act. Sadly enough, some women even think of breastfeeding as “gross”. According to the CDC, 3 out of 4 new mothers start out breastfeeding, yet we rarely see a baby being breastfed in public. In our rush to be open and sophisticated about sex, breasts have become sex toys and breastfeeding has become an uncomfortable reminder that women’s bodies are not solely intended for sexual pleasure.
Around the Green Parenting Web: Facebook, Breast Milk Sharing, Destruction of American Childhood, Happy Meal Toys, and Vegetarian Babies
Vegetarian parents often wonder whether raising their children with a similar diet will affect their nutrition and health.
Dr. Sears explains that with the proper food and information raising a vegetarian baby can be just as healthy.