Navigation Links
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
Date:1/26/2009

Australian researchers suggest hormone released during act reinforces maternal bond

MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers who breast-feed are less likely to neglect their children, Australian researchers report.

In their study, the scientists followed 7,223 Australian women and their children for 15 years and found that the longer a mother breast-fed her child, the lower the risk of neglect.

Mothers who breast-fed for less than four months were twice as likely to neglect their children as those who breast-fed four months or more. Women who didn't breast-feed were 3.8 times more likely to neglect their children as mothers who breast-fed for at least four months.

Even after they adjusted for other factors, such as socioeconomic status, substance abuse and depression, the researchers found a strong association between breast-feeding and motherly care.

The findings were published in the February issue of Pediatrics.

Previous research has suggested how breast-feeding may help form a strong mother-infant bond, study senior author Dr. Lane Strathearn, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, said in a Baylor news release.

"Oxytocin is a critical hormone produced during breast-feeding that promotes and reinforces maternal behavior. Animal studies have shown that this hormone is critical for the initiation of maternal behaviors in animals," Strathearn said. "It may be that breast-feeding stimulates oxytocin production in the brain, helping to develop the attachment relationship of the mother and her baby. Or the factors that help shape the development of the oxytocin system in the brain may predispose to successful breast-feeding and nurturance of the baby."

"Promoting breast-feeding may be a simple and cost-effective way to strengthen the mother-infant relationship. Providing the economic and social support for new mothers to stay at home with their babies may help accomplish this goal. The simple fact that women have such limited maternity leave inhibits them from strengthening this relationship," Strathearn said.

"Maternal neglect represents a fundamental breakdown in the relationship between a mother and her child, as the mom fails to provide the physical and emotional caregiving that an infant requires for optimal development. Breast-feeding may be a natural way to support the mother-infant relationship, reducing the risk of neglect in the long term."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has more about breast-feeding.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Baylor College of Medicine, news release, Jan. 26, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Breast-Feeding Doesnt Contribute to Cavities
2. Successful Breast-Feeding
3. Breast-Feeding Confers Long-Term Heart Benefits
4. Breast-Feeding Cuts Food Allergy Risk
5. Breast-Feeding Seems to Protect Against Some Allergies
6. Breast-Feeding Protected Mice From Asthma
7. Drug Helps Prevent Breast-Feeding Moms From Passing on HIV
8. Breast-Feeding While on Seizure Meds Doesnt Harm Babies
9. Breast-Feeding May Boost IQ
10. Many Ob-Gyn Textbooks Lack Good Info on Breast-Feeding
11. Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
(Date:8/22/2017)... Park, KS (PRWEB) , ... August 22, 2017 , ... ... of products to fight Fatigue . , As the stress of modern life ... keep up the pace. Constant use of artificial stimulants can trap people in vicious ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... Ca (PRWEB) , ... August 22, 2017 , ... ... industries, but not without risk to health and safety. By learning and implementing ... be eliminated. , In this webinar, attendees will gain a better understanding ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... SportsEngine, Inc. , a division of ... of North Country Region Volleyball and will power registration, scheduling, and competition results ... sport management software to their member clubs. , SportsEngine provides financial ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 21, 2017 , ... The experts have spoken. Prolonged sitting ... to get things done in a healthy way these days? FlexiSpot, one of the ... campaign on August 28 to introduce Deskcise Pro™– the world’s first sit-stand-cycle desk to ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 21, 2017 , ... Project ... (NYSE: UNH), has made a multi-million dollar partnership commitment to support Project ... (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) over the next year. , Optum’s ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/2/2017)... 2017  Life Flight Network and PeaceHealth Oregon Network announced ... care and operational efficiency for patients at hospitals in ... Cottage Grove , and Florence, Oregon ... Life Flight Network work collaboratively to move patients who require ... a time sensitive emergency exists. ...
(Date:7/31/2017)... 7D Surgical, developer of ground breaking surgical navigation technologies, announced ... to support its strategic sales plan in Maryland ... 7D Surgical has entered into an exclusive sales representative agreement ... within those markets. ... Spartan Medical Purchases 7D Surgical ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... July 26, 2017 E.I. Medical Imaging (EIMI) ... Bimini SharkLab to custom design the worlds first ultrasound system to ... in their native habitat. In preparation for a piece produced ... Shark Week, Dr. Guttridge approached EIMI with the idea ... directly to hammerhead sharks underwater. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: