Thanks for the Mammaries: Prolonged Breastfeeding Impacts Intelligence to Age 30, Says Lancet.

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The link between prolonged breastfeeding and intelligence is well-established but this study, published in the esteemed British medical journal, The Lancet,  is the first to show just how long the advantages given to children through extended nursing continues to impact their development."Our study provides the first evidence that prolonged breastfeeding not only increases intelligence until at least the age of 30 years but also has an impact both at an individual and societal level by … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis Encourages Breastfeeding in Sistine Chapel

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This past Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord by baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel, NBC News reports. During the mass, the Catholic leader encouraged theinfants' mothers to breastfeed their babies. "You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don't worry," Pope Francis declared in his homily.According to Reuters, the written sermon used the Italian phrase for "give them milk," but during … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis Promotes Public Breastfeeding

Back in April, I posted a beautiful picture of, then, Cardinal Bergoglio,  blessing nursing mothers at a mass for newborns.  Yesterday, Pope Francis made a statement of public support for nursing moms and the witness they provide to the Corporal Work of Mercy that is giving food to the hungry.  In response to a question on world hunger, Pope Francis said,"There are so many children that cry because they are hungry. At the Wednesday General Audience the other day there was a young mother be … [Read more...]

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Powerful Reflection on Breastfeeding

You may have seen this viral video by Holly McNish's poem on breastfeeding in public called, "Embarrassed."    She uses some strong language--so, sensitive souls be warned--but she makes a powerful point.  I thought I'd pass it along for all you heroic moms who are self-donatively nursing your babies despite the funny looks or lack of support from family, friends or even the public-at-large.Keep it up! You are changing the world. … [Read more...]

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Exclusive Breastfeeding Leads to Better Language, Cognitive and Emotional Development in Brain Earlier & More Than Thought

The research found that by age 2, babies who had been breastfed exclusively for at least three months had enhanced development in key parts of the brain compared to children who were fed formula exclusively or who were fed a combination of formula and breastmilk. The extra growth was most pronounced in parts of the brain associated with language, emotional function, and cognition, the research showed....The researchers split the babies into three groups: those whose mothers reported they … [Read more...]

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Breastfeeding is Good Healthcare for Women (Not Just Babies)

From Time Magazine...If new moms adhered to the recommended guidelines that urge them to  breast-feed each child they give birth to for at least one year, they could  theoretically stave off up to 5,000 cases of breast cancer,  about 54,000 cases of hypertension and nearly 14,000 heart  attacks annually.Averting those diseases could also save $860 million, according to research  published in Obstetrics & Gynecology....Drilling deeper, the study found that less-than-optimal brea … [Read more...]

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