The Benefits of Breastfeeding

In preparation for tomorrow night’s meeting (Wednesday, 5/11/11, 7:00pm at the UU Church in Pittsfield), I was surfing for information about the benefits of breastfeeding and thought I would share a few links. I found the last one most interesting: possible ramifications for child-bearing women who skip the “fourth trimester of pregnancy” and don’t allow their bodies to go through the lacation process.

Feel free to post more links to other studies and articles in the comments section!

A comprehensive list (almost):
http://www.motheringfromtheheart.com/Benefits.htm

Intelligence:
http://www.breastfeeding.com/reading_room/iq_study.html

Behavior:
http://www.which.co.uk/news/2011/05/breastfed-kids-develop-fewer-behavioural-problems-253030/

Childhood obesity:
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/02/news/la-heb-infant-feeding-20110502

Post-partum weight loss:
http://celebritybabies.people.com/2011/04/13/breastfeeding-kelly-prestons-baby-weight-loss-secret/

Bonding:
http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/119720/breastfeeding_moms_have_deeper_response

Health benefits for mother:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=breastfeeding-benefits-mothers

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About Marya, LLL Leader

Co-leader of LLL of North/Central Berkshire County, MA
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