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Breast-Fed Kids Likely to Succeed Socially

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Breastfeeding may help kids reach a higher social class than their parents

Not only does breastfeeding provide essential sustenance to newborns, but it also may help kids succeed socially, maybe even more than their parents, according to Live Science.

A study of 34,000 people in the U.K. found that breastfeeding increases the chance of moving up the social ladder by 24 percent and reduces the chance of going down by 20 percent. Focusing on people born in either 1958 or 1970, researchers compared their social class at age 33 or 34 with that of their fathers around the same age and found that those who were breast-fed as children were more likely to have a higher social status than their fathers.

The results suggest that breast-feeding improves neurological development, resulting in better cognitive abilities, which nurture social skills. Breast-fed children also showed fewer signs of emotional stress. Previous research has linked skin-to-skin contact between a mother and child to mother-child bonding and reduced stress.

Vaccinated Pregnant And Breastfeeding Women Could Pass Along Coronavirus Immunity To Their Babies, Study Suggests

Not only do coronavirus vaccines appear to provide immunity to pregnant and breastfeeding women with no additional risk of side effects, but the vaccine benefits may be passed on to their babies, suggests a new study of 131 women published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Thursday.

A mom and baby in face masks on their way to Mexico City at Tom Bradley Terminal at Los Angeles . [+] International Airport last year.

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Your Child's Nutrition: You're the Role Model

In one large survey of kids under age 12, mom and dad ranked highest as their children's nutrition role models -- the persons the kids most wanted to be like, reports Tanner-Blasier. Nearly 70% of children reported they were likely to talk with mom or dad about nutrition and their body size.

That survey -- conducted by the American Dietetic Association Foundation -- also picked up on the families' activity levels. Kids were more likely to eat a meal or watch TV with a parent, rather than playing outside.

"If mom and dad spent most of their time sitting around watching TV, leading an inactive lifestyle, kids did the same," says Tanner-Blasier, who is also a pediatric dietitian at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Trouble is, "many parents don't really think of themselves as role models," says Ron Kleinman, MD, associate chief of pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

"Parents expect their kids to do things, like exercise, that they themselves don't do," he tells WebMD. "You can't lie on the couch watching TV, snacking on potato chips -- yet tell your child to go outside and get some exercise. It just doesn't work that way."

Page 8 | Sending a child to boarding school - how does it effect your relationship with your child?

My 13 year old son has been offered a scholarship to a superb boarding school. He is very confident, very academic and an exceptional sportsman. The scholarship is also to include boarding. The school is about an hour away, so not far and he would be able to come home for various weekends throughout the term and I would be able to pop over during a weekend and take him out for lunch for example.

The alternative is an outstanding state school. Highly academic (more academic than the private school) and sporty. A 10 minute walk away. He would obviously live at home.

I am a single parent and he lives with me and his two older sisters in a comfortable but ultimately rather small home. As he grows physically, I suspect the house will seem even smaller.

I just do not know what to do.

He is very relaxed about the situation. In short, he gets on with everyone and has only known academic and sporting success in life so both options appeal to him as he will make either work. He will have friends going to both schools. He said that he would like to try boarding and loves idea of boarding with his friends, but then he says he likes his bedroom and living with me and his sisters. So he’s said “whatever you decide mum, is good with me”. So ultimately - he’s no help in my decision making process!!

So it comes down to relationships. I am worried that he will become a little cut off from me and his sisters, is this what happens when boarding. On the other hand, he is very disorganised and I do spend an inordinate amount of time nagging him. This is often a point of real tension in our otherwise very happy family life - me and him clashing because he’s lost his house keys / his bus pass / lunch money or he’s forgotten his school bag or. well, I could go on and on.
I’m wondering if by him being at boarding school - we will be reducing those points of tension because he will have a house master. And I suspect that as he grows into a teen, that nagging and points of tension may amplify.

Sorry for the length. I could really do with some wisdom from mumsetters who have or have had children at boarding schools.

Influences during Infancy and the Toddler Years

The first year of life is a period of rapid physical, social and emotional growth, during which eating patterns also develop. During this first year, infants transition from consuming a single food (i.e., breast milk or formula) to consuming a variety of foods more characteristic of an adult diet. This transition allows infants to learn about food through direct experience, as well as through observation of others' eating behaviours.

Data indicate that breastfeeding and parental modeling in the toddler years play significant roles in establishing longer-term eating behaviours. As reviewed below, children who are not breastfed still derive a significant benefit from the behaviours that their parents impart as they grow and develop. Breastfeeding is recommended as the optimal feeding method for the first 6 months of life 15 , in part because of the mounting evidence that breastfeeding has a positive impact on the development of a child's later eating behaviours. 16 - 18

Breastfeeding plays a role in the development of a child's response to internal hunger and satiety cues 19 , and may foster the development of self-regulatory abilities during feeding. 20 Variations in the composition of breast milk during a single feed, as well as differences in composition across the first months of life, foster this heightened sensitivity to energy intake. 20 , 21 Emerging scientific evidence also supports the role of breastfeeding in early metabolic imprinting, which partially accounts for later differences in eating behaviours. 22 , 23 Breastfeeding also has a positive impact on later eating behaviour because it may promote acceptance of flavours in the maternal diet that are passed through breast milk. 24 , 25 As a result, breastfed infants are exposed to a more varied flavour experience, depending on the variety of the mother's diet and this exposure may affect food acceptance during the transition to solid foods and later in life. 26

Infants are born with a preference for sweet and salty taste, 27 thus sweet and salty foods have a greater likelihood of being accepted by infants when compared to foods with bitter flavours, such as certain vegetables. Both infants and young children can learn to accept a greater variety of foods and flavours through repeated exposure. 28 Thus, in a sense, breastfeeding gives the infant early, repeated exposure to the flavours of the mother's diet, providing a flavour bridge that promotes the infant's acceptance of familiar flavours when they appear in solid foods. 25 As a result, breastfed infants may be more accepting of new foods and likely to consume a more varied diet later in life, depending on the variety of the mother's diet during breastfeeding. 26 , 29

Will Your Baby’s Health Suffer When You Don’t Breastfeed?

Many women feel guilty if they can’t breastfeed and may worry that their baby’s health or intellectual development will suffer as a result. But the current research on the effects of breastfeeding is inconclusive. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants be fed only breast milk for the first six months due to the nutritional superiority of breast milk to infant formula. However, one 2014 study of 1,773 sibling pairs — one fed breast milk and one fed formula — found no significant differences between the breast-fed and bottle-fed babies on any of the 11 measures of health (including obesity and asthma) and intellectual competency (including math ability and memory-based intelligence).

Talk with your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your baby’s health while you’re undergoing breast cancer treatment. If breastfeeding is going to pose too much risk to your baby, ask your pediatrician to recommend an infant formula. And remember, don’t let guilt get in the way of your recovery and being there for your child, now and for many years to come.

Why Breastfeeding in Public is Unacceptable

I am not from the ‘Breast is Best’ camp. I am from the ‘Do What is Right For You camp’. I breast-fed both my children for 5 weeks and I am proud of that. Breastfeeding for me was equally amazing as it was akward. It was something that felt very natural but was by no means easy. Everyone is different and should be allowed to feed their baby by whatever method works best for them without being judged.

It seems like every week there is a story in the press about a woman being shamed for breastfeeding in public. Next follows the protest of breastfeeding mums staging a ‘sit in’ and nursing their babies en mass. There’s usually lots of debate in online forums about breast verses bottle. Things get heated. Then a new debate will open up about whether or not it’s ok to co-sleep with your baby, and the breastfeeding debate will go away for another week.

I can’t help but feel all the publicity surrounding these negative stories isn’t helping the image of breastfeeding mums. It seems to me that the establishment concerned gets a whole load of publicity, yes it is negative, but it is till publicity. And they are getting it for FREE!

And what about all the new mums out there? The ones who have just gone through the biggest life change ever, and are trying to get to grips with their new life and their all consuming new responsibility. These stories can have a hugely negative impact on their breastfeeding intentions.

In the early days if you can get both yourself and the baby up, dressed, and ready to face the world, it’s a major achievement. But the last thing you want is to feel like if you breastfeed in public, you need to be prepared to wage a war for yourself and all other breastfeeding mum’s out there. Quite frankly you don’t have the energy for it! And for those of us that are struggling with feeding or maybe feel self-conscious we really don’t want the attention.

I didn’t breastfeed in public with my first child because I was terrified of being kicked out and having lots of attention drawn to what I was doing. It was a big factor in why I stopped. With my second child I knew I would have to face it. Like anything in life the first time you do something can be daunting. I actually planned an outing specifically to breastfeed in a cafe so when I did it for the first time I was in control of the situation. I did my research, I knew the laws and my rights. I had a speech prepared in my head. I took my husband with me for moral support for when people started tutting and shaking their heads. I wanted him there to back me up and fight my corner when we were asked to leave. I was terrified and convinced that it was going to be a negative experience.

After some calming and encouraging words from my moral support, and some tears from me, I did it. I sat in a cafe and breast-fed my son. And do you know what happened? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. No one took a blind bit of notice of us.

These negative stories are putting people off breastfeeding in public. They are reinforcing the view that it is wrong. Sometimes, someone, somewhere, gets it wrong. But for every establishment that gets it wrong there are hundreds out there getting it right. The one’s that get it wrong are in the minority, yet they are getting all the attention and making breastfeeding in public seem more unacceptable than it actually is. “I breast-fed in public and it was fine” isn’t very headline worthy or attention grabbing.

With every new story about an establishment asking a breastfeeding mother to leave or cover-up we are perpetuating the idea that breastfeeding isn’t acceptable in public It’s becoming a self for-filling prophecy.

Yes, the establishments that get it wrong should be accountable for their actions. Yes, we have the right to protest. But just maybe we should do so a little more quietly,

Instead we should use our voices to shout about the many establishments that do support us. Show them how it should be done rather than how it shouldn’t. Maybe then we will break down more barriers and creative a positive perception of breastfeeding in public, and encourage more people to do it.

Because if these stories stop one mother from not having the confidence to breastfeed in public, it’s one mother too many. That mother was me.

What Is the Effect of Breastfeeding Premature Babies?

The studies mentioned above are specific to healthy full-term infants. They don't represent preemies. Research indicates that for premature infants, breast milk can make a big difference in the development and maturation of the brain and central nervous system. When compared to preemies who received formula, preemies who received breast milk showed an increase in cognitive and motor developments at 18 months and 30 months. Preemies fed breast milk also performed better on intelligence tests at age 7 and a half and 8 years old.

Additionally, breast milk is shown to support a premature infant's visual acuity (the clarity and sharpness of vision). And, it's associated with a lower occurrence and severity of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

When Will the Gas Show Up?

These foods tend to cause excess gas, but it&aposs not always their fault. Don&apost forget: Babies eat around the clock and their bowels are constantly at work -- and where there&aposs poop, there&aposs naturally gas. "But, if your baby&aposs last meal is truly to blame, then you can expect that gas to surface within a couple of hours of ingesting the gas-inducing food," says Jennifer Shu, M.D., an Atlanta, GA-based pediatrician and coauthor of Food Fights: Winning The Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor, and A Bottle of Ketchup. "And it may take up to two or three days for the food to be completely out of your baby&aposs system."

Bottom Line

The fact of the matter is some babies are hard to wake . We see that there are many reasons for this. Many new Mamas experience their babies being very hard to wake up when it is time to breastfeed. I have provided you with many tips to help you out. I hope something works for you and your little star. The first 15 minutes while feeding every mom should aim as much as possible to keep baby awake. This can be done by simply motivating baby , rubbing her hair, talking to her, play with her until her eyes open and reattach to the breast. Thanks for stopping by today and do visit again. If you had issues with waking your baby up please let me know what works for you.

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