Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Heart of Motherhood: One of the many benefits of breastfeeding

The Heart of Motherhood: One of the many benefits of breastfeeding: "I receive research updates from UNICEF baby friendly initiative (an initiative designed to reform hospital practices regarding breastfeeding..."
Breastfeeding reduces risk of developing asthma-related symptomsThis study, of a cohort of 5,358 children, examined the associations of breastfeeding duration and exclusiveness with the risks of asthma-related symptoms in preschool children, and to explore whether these associations are explained by atopic or infectious mechanisms.
Compared to children who were breastfed for 6 months, those who were never breastfed had overall increased risks of wheezing, shortness of breath, dry cough and persistent phlegm during the first four years (Odds ratios 1.44 (95% Confidence Interval: 1.24, 1.66), 1.26 (1.07, 1.48), 1.25 (1.08, 1.44) and 1.57 (1.29, 1.91), respectively). Similar associations were observed for exclusive breastfeeding.
Shorter duration and non-exclusivity of breastfeeding were associated with increased risks of asthma-related symptoms in preschool children.
Duration and exclusiveness of breastfeeding and childhood asthma-related symptoms. AMM Sonnenschein-van der Voort, V.V.W. Jaddoe, RJP van der Valk, SP Willemsen, A Hofman, HA Moll, JC de Jongste, and L Duijts. Eur. Respir. J. published 20 July 2011, 10.1183/09031936.00178110

There is still so much to be learned about the physiological and psychological effects of breastfeeding. In fact there is much about breastmilk that we simply know nothing about; micronutrients, stem cells and so much more. There needs to be more research done on breastfeeding.
Its not that breast is best its that formula is inferior and carries many risks to our children.

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