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In Brief: Maybe Breastfeeding Doesn’t Boost IQ

Over the years, various studies have demonstrated the many advantages of breastfeeding, findings that have led the American Academy of Pediatrics to recommend that all mothers breastfeed their children for the first year of the child’s life. Several studies have also examined the relationship between breastfeeding and intellectual development in younger children and have demonstrated […]

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Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy and Mood in First-Time Mothers

Although new mothers describe breastfeeding as a meaningful and fulfilling aspect of caring for their infants, breastfeeding is also a common source of stress and anxiety. Breastfeeding self-efficacy or BSE refers to a mother’s confidence in her ability to breastfeed her infant. While previous studies have focused on the relationship between postpartum mood and breastfeeding, […]

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Psychological Distress in the Mother May Affect Levels of Immunoglobulins in Breast Milk

We have seen multiple studies which indicate that postpartum depression (PPD) interferes with breastfeeding.  Postpartum women who suffer from depression are less likely to breastfeed, and they typically breastfeed for a shorter duration than women who are not depressed.  A recent study looks at an entirely different question, asking whether postpartum stress affects the quality of the breast milk.  In this study, the researchers focused on levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA) in the breast milk.  (Immunoglobulins or antibodies are passed from the mother to the baby through the breast milk and help to confer immunity.)

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