Authors: Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

PMID: 25906491

Publication Type: Review

ISSN: 0729-2759

Journal Title: Breastfeeding review : professional publication of the Nursing Mothers’ Association of Australia

Publication Date: 2015 Mar

Abstract

The results from these recent studies demonstrate that breastfeeding has a much larger role to play in maintaining physical and mental health than we have previously believed. It’s not just the milk. Because breastfeeding increases maternal responsivity, it makes the day-to-day experience of mothering more tolerable. It increases the chances that the babies will be securely attached and will not have their stress and inflammatory response systems chronically up-regulated. Breastfeeding is so much more than just a method of feeding. It’s a way of caring for a baby that will provide a lifetime’s worth of good health because it provides a way for mothers to connect with their babies, even if they did not experience that kind of care themselves. In short, breastfeeding can make the world a happier and healthier place, one mother and baby at a time.

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