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Old 08-03-2006, 12:01 PM   #1
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Another benifit of BF'ing!

Saw this article on Yahoo this morning. Thought I would share!

Breast-feeding reduces anxiety into childhood
August 3, 2006 05:11:15 AM PST

Breast-feeding's calming effects seem to be long-lasting.

Years after being weaned, breast-fed children cope better with stressful situations like their parents' divorce than their bottle-fed peers, researchers said on Thursday.

"In children who are breast-fed, there is less of an association between parental divorce and separation and childhood anxiety," Dr Scott Montgomery, an epidemiologist at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said in an interview.

Breast milk is full of nutrients, hormones, enzymes, growth factors and antibodies that are passed from mother to child.

Research has shown breast-feeding reduces infections, respiratory illness and diarrhoea in the child and cuts the risk of after-birth bleeding in the mother.

In an observation study published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, Montgomery and his team studied how breast- and bottle-fed 10-year-olds coped with the stress of their parents' marital problems.

The children were among 9,000 youngsters who had been monitored from birth for a major British study. Their teachers were asked to rate their anxiety level on a scale of 0-50.

There was a higher level of stress in all the children but the breast-fed youngsters coped better.

"The anxiety was much less obvious in children who were breast-fed," Montgomery said.

The researchers do not know why breast-fed babies were less anxious. They suggested breast-feeding could be an indicator of other parental factors or the physical contact between the mother and the child may have helped to reduce anxiety.

Breast-feeding could also influence the development of pathways in the body linked with its response to stress.

"The more we look at breast-feeding, the more benefits we see. As this is something that is, in evolutionary terms, normal it is likely to be important in normal human development," Montgomery said.


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Old 08-03-2006, 07:39 PM   #2
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Re: Another benifit of BF'ing!

yet ANOTHER reason to BF!! if only everyone caught on
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Old 08-03-2006, 09:20 PM   #3
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i could see that... i was weaned though my mom wasnt ready to wean me right before i turned 4.. it was cause a lady called cps on her for "not giving me real milk" but..thats besides the point. anyway when i was 4 and 3 months, we left y dad and lived in a sshelter and stuff, and i could believe the closeness and stuff for bfig could have helped, im still not one to freak out very much if im switched to somewhere else, like we move or whatever, i dont freak. i didnt even freak when i went in to be induced with my son, i as very calm about it. if i get worked up over something, thats different, i can be very emotional but thats something different..hmmm
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Old 08-04-2006, 06:42 AM   #4
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Awesome article!
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