Breastfeeding and Your Baby’s Intelligence

Does breastfeeding really make your baby smarter? The science is not perfect. Every so often, we come across a new study, a new article, or a new book that contradicts what we’ve previously held to be gospel. It is important to be wary of the sources we read – not everything that comes “backed byContinue reading “Breastfeeding and Your Baby’s Intelligence”

Breastfeeding: Weaning an Older Child

With Hercules weaning earlier this year, I have been meaning to write about my weaning experiences with both boys for some time now. Because of the unique bond between mother and child, every weaning experience is different. Weaning Aristotle When I was breastfeeding Aristotle, I always had this idea that I would continue nursing himContinue reading “Breastfeeding: Weaning an Older Child”

How Breastfeeding Protects Against Tooth Decay

This is a topic that has been bothering me since I had Aristotle… When I was in dental school, we were told to discourage parents from night time bottle feeding because it leads to “nursing bottle tooth decay”. This happens because when your child falls asleep, the milk pools around the teeth. Since salivary flowContinue reading “How Breastfeeding Protects Against Tooth Decay”

The Mother of all Secret Weapons for Dealing with Toddler Tantrums

And so it begins… Gareth has hit the “Obstinate Ones“. He flings himself onto the floor wailing in a heart-breaking “woe-is-me” sort of way whenever he is denied anything. Perhaps the benefit of being a second-time-around parent is that you’ve seen this all before and have a lot more experience up your sleeve. In theContinue reading “The Mother of all Secret Weapons for Dealing with Toddler Tantrums”

The Problem with Breastfeeding Advice

Breast milk – it’s nature’s brain food and the best start to life you can give to your baby.  If you want to raise a smart kid, then breastfeeding is one of the things you can do to give your child a headstart.  So why aren’t more mothers offering it to their babies?  Whenever theContinue reading “The Problem with Breastfeeding Advice”

Why Breastfed Babies are Smarter – Part 2

We took Gareth to see the paediatrician for his vaccinations yesterday.  While waiting, I saw a free publication of a parenting magazine called “Positive Parenting” lying on the table.  I was intrigued because the magazine focuses on child development and the optimisation of a child’s potential – two areas I’m intensely interested in.  In thatContinue reading “Why Breastfed Babies are Smarter – Part 2”

Why Breastfed Babies are Smarter

One of the benefits of breastfeeding commonly listed is that it makes babies smarter.  Although the research on this belief is somewhat controversial, the estimate is that babies who are breastfed grow up to be on average 7-10 points higher in IQ than their non-breastfed peers.  Breastfeeding has also been link to children with higherContinue reading “Why Breastfed Babies are Smarter”

It's the Natural Order of Life – Babies Will Grow Up

I’ve always said that I would let Gavin wean himself off the breast when he is ready.  He is three years plus and still nursing so strong on some days that I often wonder when and if the day for self-weaning will ever come.  They say it’ll happen but I can’t help but wonder whenContinue reading “It's the Natural Order of Life – Babies Will Grow Up”

Mastitis and Medications while Breastfeeding

I came down with a bout of mastitis a couple of days back.  At least, I think it was mastitis.  The symptoms weren’t quite as clear cut as I remembered.  I’ve always thought it had to occur in both breasts for it to be mastitis.  In this case, I felt the pain on the rightContinue reading “Mastitis and Medications while Breastfeeding”

Tandem Nursing – Reasons for Not Weaning the Toddler

Although there was a lot of protest when I said I was going to tandem breastfeed my two boys, it was pretty much accepted and I went on to nurse Gavin even after Gareth was born.  However, with Gavin’s declining behaviour in recent times, the discussion for me to wean Gavin has been revisited. HereContinue reading “Tandem Nursing – Reasons for Not Weaning the Toddler”