A mother who gives birth vaginally and breastfeeds her baby is passing on essential microbes to her child, part of a continual chain of maternal heritage that stretches through generations of ancestry if all have done the same. This means that trillions of microorganisms that live on in the baby resemble those of the mother, her mother, and previous generations.
Most moms are used to receiving unsolicited advice, but what happens when that advice turns into inappropriate and unwanted action? A North Carolina mom might have the answer.
Christie Rea, a mother of four, recently spoke out about her breastfeeding experience at the National Gallery of Australia. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a pleasant one. In her own words, the Newcastle woman said “it was absolutely humiliating” to be pressured into leaving the gallery area for feeding her daughter.
One of the products that took CES in Las Vegas by storm this week was the Willow Wearable Breast Pump. Designed without cords or tubes, this unique pump fits in your bra so you can pump on-the-go discreetly.
Breastfeeding is also recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But does any of this make the choice to breastfeed a superior one? More importantly, do breastfeeding mothers have the right to make formula feeding mothers feel somehow “less than” for not breastfeeding?
While it has long been known that breastfeeding provides infants with immunity protection, science couldn’t really give a definitive answer on how the “passive immunity” process works. A University of California Riverside study may provide some answers. Yet it may also spark more questions. For example, is it possible to vaccinate a baby without actually and actively vaccinating the baby themselves? And if so, when should this practice be exercised?
Statistics estimate that around 8.6 percent of all children and teens suffer from asthma. That makes it the most prominent childhood illness. It is also a scary and frustrating illness that carries the same symptoms for children as it does for adults: wheezing, difficulty breathing, coughing, and tightness of the chest. Of course, because children have smaller airways, their symptoms are sometimes more severe.This can be especially frightening for both parents and children. Thankfully, a new study suggests that breastfeeding could reduce the occurrence and frequency of these asthma-related symptoms.
Over the last several years, the rate of mothers who choose to at least initiate breastfeeding has consistently (though sometimes slowly) increased. Unfortunately, when it comes to continuing their efforts past the six-month mark, there is still a significant drop in the rate of breastfeeding mothers. Experts say this suggests that, despite the growing trend and awareness of the benefits to breastfeeding, mothers in the U.S. may still lack the support they desperately need.
The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued a press release from their senior nutrition advisor France Begin that urges new mothers to breastfeed their infant within the first hour after giving birth, saying that this “early breastfeeding can make the difference between life and death.”
Over the past 2 decades many studies have looked at the developmental benefits of breastfeeding. An new study that was conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and published online in The Journal of Pediatrics, has found more proof that nursing your baby – even for a short time, is beneficial to their brain development and cognitive functions.
A terrifying car crash that left Danni Bett in a neck brace, wasn’t enough to keep the dedicated mama from nursing her baby!