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Bond Baby Bond

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 by:

We all know breast milk is nutritious for baby, and some studies have even shown it can boost IQ and reduce the risk of SIDS. Now, new research from Yale University School of Medicine has found that breastfeeding increases the parent/infant bond.

The act of breastfeeding appears to release hormones that enhance maternal behavior. The study performed functional MRIs on mothers a month to four months after their babies were born. Mothers who breast fed had a greater brain response to their babies cries.

Stand and Deliver

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 by:

When it comes to labor any mother can tell you longer is not better. Once those contractions start, you just want to get the baby out. Now a new study at the Institute of Women’s and Children’s Health in Australia has found that the North American tradition of laying on our backs to deliver may not be the fastest (or best) way to go.

The study looked at 3,706 women and found that if women lie on their back during labor it can have and adverse effects on uterine contractions and impede the labor process.

Walking and upright positions in the first stage of labor reduce the length of labor and don’t seem to be associated with increased intervention or negative effects on mothers’ and babies’ wellbeing. Women should be encouraged to take whatever position they find most comfortable in the first stage of labor, but if it’s speed you’re after you may want to stand, sit or walk around.

Could the answer to peanut allergies be more peanuts?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 by:

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that parents start feeding their children peanuts to rid them of their allergies. But a new study may hold hope for the future for families suffering from peanut allergies. A study out of Duke University has found that feeding children a tiny crumb of peanut every day may eventually help rid them of their allergies.

Researchers took small amounts of peanut protein and gradually increased amounts over a four-month-period. By the end of the study, participants were getting the equivalent of one peanut. “What we’re finding is that children are becoming less sensitive to peanuts,” says head researcher Dr. Wesley Burks. Potentially life-saving news should your child eat a peanut accidentally. “We hope by the end of this study participants will have actually ‘outgrown’ their peanut allergy.”

Some Peanut Allergy Facts:

  • Most children experience their first allergic peanut reaction between 14 and 24 months of age.
  • Some children react to as little as 1/1000th of a peanut and, in severe cases, it can be life threatening the first time.
  • If signs of allergy, such as eczema or other skin conditions, appear before six months of age, there is a one in five chance that your child will develop an allergy by age five.