New study on extended nursing


According to a recent article published on Forbes.com, “The longer a mother breast-feeds, the higher the fat and energy content of her breast milk.”

“This is the first study to analyze the fat and energy content of breast milk of mothers who breast-feed for longer than a year,” said study co-author Dr. Ronit Lubetzky, who is with the department of pediatrics at Dana Children’s Hospital at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Israel. “There are more and more women who choose to breast-feed for longer time periods, and not many studies about the nutritional value of their milk during this prolonged lactation.”

“This is a nicely done study which looked at a question that really needed to be answered,” added Dr. Ruth Lawrence, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and a member of the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ section on breast-feeding. “I think many people’s general impression is if you continue to breast-feed beyond a year, probably the nutrient value drops, and this is quite different information and very important.”

Read the entire article here.

It’s very exciting to see that there are FINALLY studies being done on nursing past 12 months. I know many cultures have been practicing extended nursing for ages, but perhaps as more and more women do so in the Western world, we’ll see more studies of this sort.

I think it’s especially valuable because many people (including doctors – I know from personal experience) think that after 12 months, there’s no or little nutritional value to breastfeeding and this study proves otherwise.

More from the study:

It’s not clear what the effects of this higher energy and fat content are on a child’s health.

“We showed that the milk of mothers who breast-fed more than a year had a very high fat content,” Lubetzky said. “That contradicts the claim that breast-feeding at this stage has no nutritional contribution. On the other hand, the long-term effect of such a high-fat intake has not been studied.”

“The constituents of fat and human milk are very different than what we provide in formula today. One of the most important constituents of human milk is cholesterol. Formula does not,” Lawrence said. “There are many people who think that probably one of the problems with cholesterol today occurs because infants have not had any cholesterol in the first few months of life; perhaps the body doesn’t learn to deal with it. There are studies that show that young adults have much lower cholesterol levels if they were breast-fed than if they were bottle-fed.”

Still, Lawrence added, this is an area that needs to be researched further.

Lubetzky agreed. “Further studies should analyze this milk fat qualitatively, and try to sort out the influence of prolonged breast-feeding on cardiovascular issues,” she said.

Obviously, since extended nursing is a big part of my and Ava’s lives, this kind of stuff is fascinating to me.

I hope we continue to see more studies and more findings on the results of prolonged breastfeeding, especially in relation to immunities, the avoidance of allergies and the psychological effects. I think there is a lot to be learned.

Here’s another interesting article on extended nursing – Nursing Beyond One Year.

Metaphoric Monday #1


Jody has designated Monday to be “Metaphoric Monday.” This week’s theme is: Eat one’s words.
I have to confess I was thinking it was “eat *YOUR* words” which is why I have “your words” spelled out instead of “one’s words.” It’s just as well though. I didn’t have an apostrophe block anyway. ;)

Happy MM! Go see who else played (or join in yourself) over at brain droppings. :)

Ava, the friendly shoe dictator


I think I mentioned before that Ava has taken to being affectionate with just about everything. She kisses walls, the bed, toys, Jody and me, and just about everything else really. A few weeks ago in a Verizon store, she was walking around kissing phone cases. She often gives Maggie (the dog) kisses on her back. Yesterday at the garden she was kissing the green bean plants (perhaps showing her thanks for the food?), and last night at dinner she kissed the table and then the kiwi she was eating. I guess she figures everything could use a little loving. ;)

And it seems I am not allowed to go without shoes in our house anymore. Anytime Ava sees me barefoot, she brings me my Birks or slippers or BOTH to put on. She’s started doing it to Jody too. Everyone must wear shoes, except for her of course. She is free to roam the house barefoot. I can’t complain about that though – her feet are too darn cute to resist. :)

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P.S. Just a reminder that Monday is Metaphoric Monday over on brain droppings. Take a pic, draw something in MS Paint, sculpt out of Playdoh, etc., something to illustrate the theme: “Eat one’s words.” Then leave Jody a comment and he’ll link back to your site. :)

SPF – Funny and creative??

The theme for this week’s SPF (Self Portrait Friday) involves doing something funny. Katy says, “Be creative. Use something in or around your house.”
I tried to come up with something good, but I just wasn’t feeling very creative tonight. (I was actually pretty close to taking a break from the whole picture day thing. I really need to choose a couple and stick w/ just them or rotate every week or something. I’ve got picture burnout. LOL) Please excuse the lil miss and me being in our PJs. We were getting ready for bed. And I had to take the pics myself cuz the old man was out playing D&D with his buddies. (OMG, did I just admit that publicly??)

Check out the artwork we’ve got on our walls. Watch out or the little one will reach out and grab ya! ;)

Go see what the rest of the bunch came up with over at The Dirty Days.

There really IS something in the water

There MUST be something in the water. Another friend announced today that she’s also pregnant with baby #2! That makes four of my close friends (in this area) all pregnant with their second child. We’re all on the advisory committee for our AP group too. Sheesh, I didn’t know being pregnant was a prerequisite for the committee. I’ll have to check my “job description” again. J/K No pressure for me though, huh? ;-)

It would almost make me wonder if I was pregnant too except that I recently received confirmation that I’m not. How do I know? No, not ‘cuz I got my period – I *still* haven’t had a period since Ava was born. It’s been two lovely years of no pads or tampons (or the Diva Cup – which I plan to order whenever my cycles return. It’s really amazing how many women I know who are using the Diva these days – both crunchies and non-crunchies alike!). Anyway, back to my story and why I know I’m not pg…When I was at the doctor a couple weeks ago for my annual exam, she commented that my cervix had a blue-ish tint to it and that commonly happens with pregnancy. So she ordered a pg test and I peed in a cup. It came back negative. *insert both sigh of relief and slight disappointment here* Not sure why my cervix is blue (maybe it’s sad), but it ain’t cuz I’m gestating. ;-)

So now I must extend my congratulations to Heather as well! I’m looking forward to watching all of your bellies grow and learning from you as you all continue to breastfeed while pregnant and then go on to tandem nurse (provided your first nurslings don’t self-wean before then). Belly rubs to all. ;)

This seems like a good time for a friendly reminder and shameless plug that I sell “I’m going to be a big brother” and “I’m going to be a big sister” shirts! Newly redesigned too! ;)

HNT #2 and a plug for Metaphoric Monday

This is a pretty cheesy (pun intended) pic for HNT (Half-Nekkid Thursday), but after a woman told me yesterday that I have the “nicest teeth she’s ever seen,” I figured why not! ;-)

Get the HNT guidelines by clicking on the button below and don’t forget to check out all the other half-nekkid folks! Happy HNT!
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Also, my hubby is trying to start up a new “take a picture” day that he has dubbed Metaphoric Monday. Check it out over on brain droppings. The topic for Monday, Sept. 19 is “Eat one’s words.” :-) Play along, won’t ya?