Happy Mother’s Day to the wonderful moms everywhere! It’s not an easy job, but it’s the most important and rewarding job you’ll ever have! Enjoy these special quotes about mothers from QuoteGarden. Woman in the home has not yet lost her dignity, in spite of Mother’s Day, with its offensive implication that our love needs… [Continue Reading]
The new TIME cover, featuring a beautiful blond woman standing upright and breastfeeding her almost-4-year-old son, is creating waves already. Personally, I’m tired of the whole conversation already. And not interested in reading the actual article. And a great fan of Dr. Sears and attachment parenting, for the record. What I did enjoy, however, are… [Continue Reading]
A healthy diet is important for everyone, but even more crucial during pregnancy. Fish is a great choice, and here’s another good reason to add it to your menu: Eating two servings of salmon a week during pregnancy is beneficial both for the mother and child, according to University of Granada researchers (Medical News Today).… [Continue Reading]
From when I was a kid until now, one of my favorite activities is looking through old family photo albums. Seeing the familiar faces of family and friends, remembering the good times we shared, and laughing over the silly photos we couldn’t bear to throw away (remember a time before digital cameras?!)… it’s a surefire… [Continue Reading]
I didn’t think this was news, but according to a new study, published in the International Breastfeeding Journal, mothers who breast-feed can get their pre-pregnancy figure back more quickly than mothers who don’t nurse exclusively. The best part about it is that breast-feeding mothers can consume more calories and STILL loose more weight than those women who don’t!
Maureen Williams, ND reports the following at MedFinds:
Women who chose to breast-feed exclusively lost more weight and lost it more quickly than those who chose a mixed feeding regime (breast-feeding plus formula). Although the breast-feeding mothers ate more calories than the mixed feeding mothers, they lost an average of 9.7 pounds (4.41kg), while mixed feeding mothers lost an average of 6.14 pounds (2.79 kg). The breast-feeding mothers’ percent body fat also decreased during the early postpartum period, but the mixed feeding mothers’ did not.
According to this and prevous studies, the greatest difference in weight loss was seen at three months after delivery.
“The study clearly shows the importance of encouraging and supporting mothers to breast-feed exclusively,” says the study’s senior author, Dr. Alex Anderson, of the Department of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia. Exclusive breast-feeding not only reduces the risk of new moms being overweight, it might even protect them against heart disease and other chronic conditions.
In addition to helping new moms regain their figures, breast-feeding has well-documented benefits for newborns:
• Lowers risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
• Reduces the likelihood of developing allergies
• Provides immune cells that help babies fight infections, including chest and ear infections