According To A New Study, Breastfeeding Moms Are More Emotionally Responsive To Their Babies' Cries.
According to a new study, breastfeeding moms are more emotionally responsive to their babies' cries.
According to a new study, breastfeeding moms are more emotionally responsive to their babies' cries. Published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the study found that "breastfeeding mothers surveyed for the study showed greater responses to their infant's cry in brain regions related to caregiving behavior and empathy than mothers who relied upon formula as the baby's main food source." (Source: Science Daily) The link was found between moms and their babies when the baby was breastfed exclusively. The researchers found that parts of the mom's brain that were activated during the first month were still activating at three and four months post-birth. Many moms choose breastfeeding for the health benefits that it offers their babies. Many also breastfeed for the emotional bond. And while I know that many moms who breastfeed also feel the strong emotional connection as a result, this is apparently "the first paper to examine the underlying neurobiological mechanisms as a function of breastfeeding, and to connect brain activity with maternal behaviors among human mothers." (All of this being said, some moms choose not to breastfeed or are unable to, and that doesn't mean they aren't responsive to their babies' cries!) More on breastfeeding First Lady Michelle Obama promoting breastfeeding Women shouldn't feel guilt over breastfeeding decisions