Breastfeeding May Reduce the Mother’s Risk of Developing Diabetes

http://www.medindia.net/news/breastfeeding-may-reduce-the-mothers-risk-of-developing-diabetes-161929-1.htm

(Click link above to read the study)

Another case for why (**WHEN POSSIBLE for mama and baby!breastfeeding is to be encouraged and recommended.

 

 

 

Should the AAP Sleep Alone?

Should the AAP Sleep Alone?

Some public health messages everyone can agree with: Never drink and drive. Always put your infant in a car seat. Other public health messages seem to ask us to do the impossible: Teenagers must never have sex. Mothers must never share a bed with their infants.

Advice around the U.S. urges parents never to bed share, reinforced by the official stance of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Scary ads abound. One ad shows a queen-sized bed with a headstone in place of headboard reading “For too many babies last year, this was their final resting place.” Another shows a baby in an adult bed with a meat cleaver, stating “Your baby sleeping with you can be just as dangerous,” and another ad says “Your baby belongs in a crib, not a casket.”

(click link above to read an interesting post on Huffington Post)

Why You Should Wear (or Carry) Your Baby (At Least Some of the Time)


Just as all members of the family hominidae are and were ardent co-sleepers, apes, humans, and (most likely) all extinct hominids carried or even wore their infants on their bodies as a general rule. And so, for most of human history, our infants have been swaddled, slung, carried, grasped, hugged, and otherwise attached to our bodies for a significant portion of their early development. Like other environmental inputs to which our ancestors were routinely and consistently exposed, there’s plenty of evidence that carrying your baby confers beneficial physiological and psychological effects – to both child and parent.

Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-you-should-wear-or-carry-your-baby/#ixzz2JgyVP5mM

Study reveals some surprising breastfeeding obstacles

http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/01112013-study-reveals-some-surprising-breastfeeding-obstacles/

Looking back at parenting’s hottest topics of 2012, breastfeeding would have to rank near the top of the list.

It seemed that everywhere we looked, nursing was making headlines: NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg courted controversy when he urged all moms to breastfeed while Facebook, per usual, banned more photos of moms doing just that; singer Pink stood her ground when it came to her right to nurse her toddler and just this past week we heard the latest round of stories of moms who faced harassment for nursing in public. And of course who could forget that now infamous TIME magazine cover that got everybody talking? (click to read article on babycenter.com)