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”

Breastfeeding the Older Child is Normal!

It’s been a while since I have written about breastfeeding the older child and I thought it was time to champion the practice again because it seems the message is still failing to hit home. There are people who still think it’s weird and there are all kinds of misconceived notions that it is somehowContinue reading “Breastfeeding the Older Child is Normal!”

Breastfeeding Benefits: Fewer Behavioural Problems in Children

Just in case you thought there weren’t enough reasons to choose breastfeeding over formula feeding, here’s another reason to breastfeed for longer… According to a study reported in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, breastfeeding is linked to fewer behavioural problems in childhood. They found that: Babies who are breast-fed for at least four monthsContinue reading “Breastfeeding Benefits: Fewer Behavioural Problems in Children”

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”

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”