Friday October 18, 2019

Breastfeeding Longer may Improve Mothers’ Sensitivity

However, the study is not intended to diminish the bonding experiences of women who are not able to breastfeed

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How breastfeeding is linked to being a righty or lefty. Pixabay

Women breastfeeding their children for longer periods exhibit more maternal sensitivity well past the infant and toddler years, according to a study.

Maternal sensitivity was defined as the synchronous timing of a mother’s responsiveness to her child, her emotional tone, her flexibility in her behaviour and her ability to read her child’s cues.

“It was surprising to us that breastfeeding duration predicted change over time in maternal sensitivity,” said lead author Jennifer Weaver, from the Boise State University in Idaho.

“We had prior research suggesting a link between breastfeeding and early maternal sensitivity, but nothing to indicate that we would continue to see effects of breastfeeding significantly beyond the period when breastfeeding had ended.”

Further, even though increased breastfeeding duration led to greater maternal sensitivity over time, the effect sizes were small.

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A mother breastfeeding her child. Pixabay

That means the close interaction experienced during breastfeeding may be only one of many ways the bond is strengthened between mother and child, according to the study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology.

Conversely, there was no correlation between the mother’s breastfeeding length and father’s sensitivity toward their children.

For the study, the team analysed data from interviews with 1,272 families, when their infants were a month old, and followed them periodically until the children turned 11.

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However, the study is not intended to diminish the bonding experiences of women who are not able to breastfeed, Weaver said.

“Ultimately, I do hope that we will see breastfeeding examined more closely as a parenting factor, not just as a health consideration, to allow us to more fully understand the role that breastfeeding plays in family life,” Weaver noted. (Bollywood Country)

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Study Finds High Incidences of Abuse of New Mothers During Childbirth

The study also found a high number of caesarean sections, vaginal exams and other procedures being performed without the patient's consent

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FILE -- A nurse-midwife speaks to pregnant women. A study published in The Lancet found more than one-third of new mothers in four poor countries are abused during childbirth. VOA

More than one-third of new mothers in four poor countries are abused during childbirth, a study published Wednesday in the medical journal The Lancet.

The study, carried out in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria by the World Health Organization, found that 42% of the women experienced physical or verbal abuse or some form of stigma or discrimination at maternity health facilities.

The study also found a high number of caesarean sections, vaginal exams and other procedures being performed without the patient’s consent.

Of the 2,016 women observed for the study, 14% said they were either hit, slapped or punched during childbirth. Some 38% of the women said they were subjected to verbal abuse, most often by being shouted at, mocked or scolded.

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The study, carried out in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria by the World Health Organization, found that 42% of the women experienced physical or verbal abuse or some form of stigma. Pixabay

An alarming 75% had episiotomies performed without consent. The procedure involves surgically enlarging the opening of the vagina.

The authors of the study urged officials to hold those who mistreat women during childbirth accountable. They also urged the governments to put into place clear policies and sufficient resources to ensure that women have a safe place to give birth.

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Among the specific steps proposed by the study are: making sure all medical procedures are performed only after getting an informed consent; allowing the patient to have a companion of their choice in the delivery room; redesigning maternity wards to offer the maximum privacy; and making sure no health facility tolerates instances of physical or verbal abuse. (VOA)