Carol | February 11, 2012
The links are starting to pile up, so I will just put all the parenting related ones here with little or no commentary.
Study: Breastfeeding Strengthens Children’s Lungs
“…Breastfeeding strengthens children’s lungs, even if the mother has asthma.”
That’s because the breastfeeding child will be more attached, more with the mother, and as a result will likely have fewer scare conflicts. GNM says scare conflicts/frights affect the lungs.
Skip the Strained Peas. Let Babies Feed Themselves
“Babies who learn to feed themselves early on may develop healthier eating habits and be less likely to become overweight.”
YEP! Did this with all five babies.
Suffer little children: US evangelicals are twisting the Bible to say that beating the young is a Christian doctrine
“The Pearls believe that salvation only comes through punishment and pain. God punishes his Son with crucifixion so that humanity might not have to face the Father’s anger. This image of God the father, for whom violence is an expression of tough love, is lodged deep in the evangelical imagination. And it twists a religion of forgiveness and compassion into something dark and cruel… What Jesus said about those who would harm children comes inevitably to mind: ‘It would be better for them if a millstone was hanged about their neck, and that they were drowned in the depth of the sea.’”
Mom’s Love Good for Child’s Brain
“School-age children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory and response to stress…”
How Pregnancy Changes a Woman’s Brain
“Research suggests that the reproductive hormones may ready a woman’s brain for the demands of motherhood — helping her becomes less rattled by stress and more attuned to her baby’s needs. Although the hypothesis remains untested, Glynn surmises this might be why moms wake up when the baby stirs while dads snore on…”
“Fetal movement, even when the mother is unaware of it, raises her heart rate and her skin conductivity, signals of emotion — and perhaps of pre-natal preparation for mother-child bonding.”
Few Allergies in Unstressed Babies, Swedish Researchers Find
ABSOLUTELY! That’s what allergies are about! They are caused by conflicts. Anything in your environment when you experience a conflict can go on to be an allergy trigger.
Maternal Separation Stresses the Baby, Research Finds
“Humans are the only mammals who practice such maternal-neonate separation, but its physiological impact on the baby has been unknown until now. Researchers measured heart rate variability in 2-day-old sleeping babies for one hour each during skin-to-skin contact with mother and alone in a cot next to mother’s bed. Neonatal autonomic activity was 176% higher and quiet sleep 86% lower during maternal separation compared to skin-to-skin contact.”
Be a mother and comfort your child. PLEASE!