Breastfeeding Makes Kids Behave Better

According to a new study, referred to in this Washington Post article, breastfeeding has a positive influence on children’s behaviour, and it could be cumulative.

I know a few kids that were “full term” breast-fed that could challenge that theory – but maybe they might have been worse on formula 😉

And in other news, I also found an article that talks about PTSD in women after a traumatic birth experience.

I’m clearly doing much better now, but I think that PTSD (or something similar) is a much more fitting way of describing how I’ve been feeling for most of the last year than PND.

A dear friend had her 6 week checkup (something every woman has with a GP, 6 weeks after birth), and when her doctor asked how she felt, she said “it was awful, and I feel traumatised”. The doctor said “hmm”, and carried on with the exam. Take that sentence, and say it to a doctor in any other context, and I’d be stunned if there wasn’t some sort of medical follow up, at the very least a suggestion that the patient might want to talk to a mental health professional. But this doctor didn’t, maybe because it’s expected that women will be traumatised by their birth experience.

And that’s not OK. I wish I knew what to do about it.

2 thoughts on “Breastfeeding Makes Kids Behave Better”

  1. I would hate to think how much worse Alex’s behaviour could be had I not BF-ed him. Not sure how conclusive the research is (probably not?) but it makes me feel better about the first few months of pain.

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  2. I think the most important thing for women (or anyone) to do in that situation is to actually ask the doctor for help. If you feel you can’t cope and need assistance, ask for it. Of course, when you are in that really bad place, asking for help is also one of the most difficult things to do. If you have a supportive partner or friend, take them with you to help you through. Sometimes it might be you as the friend who has to take action and suggest this.

    Best wishes and big hugs to you both.

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