Mums believe breast is best for a baby's brain

Ipswich mothers (from left) Adrienne Gaha-Morris, Leah Davis, Meg Clein, Leonie Lamond, Cathy Buckel, Kellee Ives, Monique Walker and Peta de Villiers and their babies will take part in The Big Latch On event on Saturday.
Ipswich mothers (from left) Adrienne Gaha-Morris, Leah Davis, Meg Clein, Leonie Lamond, Cathy Buckel, Kellee Ives, Monique Walker and Peta de Villiers and their babies will take part in The Big Latch On event on Saturday. Claudia Baxter

THE more they breastfeed, the brighter are the babies.

That's the news being given to mothers following a US study that showed breastfeeding babies until the age of one helped boost their intelligence.

The study followed more than 1300 women and their babies and found the IQs of children breastfed for a year were higher by the age of seven, compared with bottle-fed tots.

Brassall mother of three Leonie Lamond said she wasn't surprised.

"Breastfeeding is what is normal and natural," she said.

"So I would argue that breast milk isn't making kids smarter; rather using infant formula instead is making them less intelligent.

"Even the World Health Organisation has recommended infants should be breastfed up to two years of age.

"It's without question the best way to ensure a healthy start for a baby."

Breast milk has always been widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infants' health, growth, immunity and development.

But despite all its natural benefits, Mrs Lamond said people still raised an eyebrow whenever mothers breastfed their babies in public.

It has prompted the 35-year-old to join dozens of Ipswich mums taking part in an international campaign to remove the stigma attached to breastfeeding in public.

In recognition of World Breast Feeding Week, mothers around the globe will be popping out to take part in The Big Latch On.

The unique event will see women and their babies gather to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously.

"At specific locations across the world, mothers will have their babies 'latch on' for a minute," she said.

"It's a push to make breastfeeding in public normalised throughout society and recognised just as something that is done, not something that should be kept private."

The event will be held at Browns Park, Ipswich this Saturday at 10am. For more information, phone Ms Lamond on 0410 426 510.

 

FEEDING FACTS

  • Breastfeeding should begin within one hour of birth.
  • Breastfeeding should be "on demand", as often as the child wants day and night.
  • Bottles or pacifiers should be avoided.


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