Thursday, January 13th, 2011
According to a study published in Pediatrics, children conceived within one year of a sibling are three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than those conceived after three years or more.
Although the reason behind the increased risk is unclear, the authors purport two explanations. One, autistic behaviors might be more noticeable when there’s an older sibling close in age for comparison. Second, it may be biological, such a mom lacking essential nutrients like folate, which is important for brain development.
There’s no denying that the numbers have climbed. According to the CDC, in 2006 1 in 110 children had some form of an autism spectrum disorder. However, many experts have disclaimed the recent Pediatrics study, stating that the reasons don’t make sense. Parents usually remember when their child met his/her first milestones, and therefore spacing of births makes no difference. Also, mothers have lacked proper nutrition for decades and the autism has not historically been so prevalent.
For more info about autism, check out this blog post on a study linking vaccines and autism which turned out to be a fraud.
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Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
Moms-to-be thinking of going the formula route in hopes of gaining some extra zzz’s each night may want to think again.
According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, a mother who breast feeds and one who formula feeds will get about the same amount of sleep each night. “The perception is that the breast-feeding mom is up day and night, always breast-feeding,” Miriam Labbok, director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was quoted as saying in Pediatrics. “But when you’re bottle-feeding, you’re up day and night always bottle-feeding, too,” she continues.
Hawley Montgomery-Downs, an assistant professor of psychology and coordinator of the behavioral neuroscience program at West Virginia University in Morgantown and the study’s lead author explained in the article that while “there is some small evidence that infants who are breast-fed sleep less, no one has ever looked at the mother’s sleep until now.” However, after conducting the study, which tracked new moms’ sleep habits using a watch-like monitoring device over a period of 2 weeks after baby’s birth to 12 weeks, ”we found absolutely no difference in the mother’s sleep based on how babies were fed,” said Montgomery-Downs.
These new findings come as music to breast-feeding advocates’ ears–they’re, of course, hoping undecided moms-to-be will now be swayed toward the idea that breast is best, and in doing so, allow their babies to reap the many health benefits natural feeding is shown to provide. Regardless, the good news is that when it comes to sleep for mom, breast and formula are on equal footing.
Does this new study change your mind on breast feeding vs formula feeding? Share your thoughts with us!
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