August 13, 2009
In the news:
Health care professionals say there’s an “up” side to the current downturn in the economy. More new mothers are choosing breastfeeding to save money.
Five-month-old Elizabeth Sander is one happy baby. Her mother chose breastfeeding, in part, to save money. “Not only for the cost of formula,” Megan Sander said, “but also studies have shown that there are fewer trips to the doctor, so that’s saving on co-pays and things as well.”
Sander is not alone in her practical choice to go with Mother Nature’s feeding plan. The Methodist Women’s Center reports a 12% increase in the number of women choosing breastfeeding and attending classes.
August 11, 2009
In the news:
There is new evidence that breast-feeding is associated with a lower incidence of breast cancer among a group of younger women who are at particularly high risk: those with breast cancer in the family.
Although several studies have found that lactation is protective against breast cancer, the new report found little effect for premenopausal women over all. But for women with an immediate relative, like a mother or a sister, who had breast cancer, those who breast-fed had a 59 percent lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer. That is closer in line with the risk for women who had no disease in the family, the study found.
March 30, 2008
It is obvious that putting a baby to the breast calms the baby, but what is less apparent is how calming breastfeeding can be for mothers. And it isn’t just because they stopped their baby from crying, which certainly calms me down. Breastfeeding has actually been shown in experiments to alter mood and reduce perceived stress in nursing mothers. More on Breastfeeding Reduces Stress In Mothers
March 20, 2008
Lupus is a potentially life threatening autoimmune disorder which affects about 2 million Americans. For most people the disease is mild, affecting only a few organs, but for others the disease can be life threatening. In fact, the daughter of someone I know died from lupus. Interestingly, most of those affected with the disease are women. More on Breastfeeding Helps Prevent Lupus
March 17, 2008
One of the easiest ways to lose weight after you have a baby is just by breastfeeding. Even Hollywood stars like Christina Aguilera and Naomi Watts claim breastfeeding helped them to trim down. More on Breastfeeding Helps You Lose Weight