The Blessing of Good Mental Health Begins with Breast Milk, Says a Study

by Savitha C Muppala on  October 28, 2006 at 6:24 PM Women Health News
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The Blessing of Good Mental Health Begins with Breast Milk, Says a Study
A Perth-based academic insight into the blessings of breast milk has conveyed that infants who feed on mother's milk for over 6 months experience sound mental health during their growing years.

Analyzing the growth and development of 2500 Australian children for 16 years, the study found that children who were breastfed for more than six months had remarkably reduced hostility and unsocial manners, and were found to handle the ups and downs of life with poise. There were lesser rates of depression and anxiety as they advanced in life.

Enunciating the benefits of breast milk for all-round wellbeing of the child, the researchers encouraged mothers to continue to breast feed children without any reservations. Researcher Wendy Oddy said, "Mothers need a lot of support for breastfeeding so I think it has become a community and a social issue that really mothers need to be encouraged and supported to breastfeed.



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Common sense from one who has breastfed several children says... the mental health benefits probably have much to do with the fact that breastfeeding requires the mum to nestle the baby up to her body, which is what the baby emotionally thrives on. Babies need that skin-to-skin closeness for many months - *that's* what cures them of anxiety, fear, etc.

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A good, interesting article! Breastfeeding enables mums to be more in tune with their babies emotional needs. Particularly the closeness and bonding involved through skin-to-skin contact, and the increased likelyhood of co-sleeping!

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