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Are Breast Fed Babies Smarter? Breastfeeding Advantages Are HUGE for Mom and Baby

C. E. Clark believes it is her duty and responsibility as a researcher and writer to bring important information to her readers.


Babies That Are Breastfed Have Higher IQs Than Babies That Are Not Breastfed

Women with higher IQ’s more often choose to breastfeed than women with average or lower IQ’s. Of course parents frequently pass their intelligence genes on to their offspring, and so it should be no surprise that women who choose to breastfeed because of its many advantages have passed their high IQ’s on to their offspring through genetics.

That is currently the most accepted reason by researchers for why breastfed babies score higher on IQ tests than babies that are not, or were not breastfed.

It is not an issue of being smarter as a result of being breastfed, but rather that the breastfed babies have more intelligent mothers (mother’s with higher IQ’s) who breast feed them because they feel it is more beneficial to their babies and to themselves than bottle feeding. Offspring inherits a higher IQ from a mother with a high IQ. While not part of the study, this author supposes women with higher IQs also tend to choose men with higher IQs to father their children. With 2 parents with a high IQ it is even more likely offspring will also have high intelligence.

Please keep in mind that this article is not about my opinion, but about reporting on the findings of various studies.

Babies with one or more parents with high IQ’s tend to have high IQ’s themselves. So while there is a correlation between breastfeeding and high baby IQ’s, the breastfeeding is not at this time considered to be the cause of the higher IQ.

Colostrum Is Packed With Nutrients and More

Colostrum is the first milk produced after baby is born. It is a thick, sticky, yellowish color and it is packed with nutrients and antibodies, low in fat and high in protein and carbohydrates. There is not usually very much of it and it is especially healthful for your new baby.

Studies Show Breast Feeding Reduces the Likelihood That Mom or Baby Will Develop Life Threatening Diseases – and Other Disorders

Women who breastfeed their babies are also less likely to develop breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen website states that they combined 47 different studies on the issue of breast cancer amongst women who breastfed their babies and women who did not.

The results of combining and evaluating these studies were described as “solid.” In other words, the results of the combined studies were very convincing and compelling in accuracy in regard to breastfeeding making a major contribution to the prevention of many diseases for both mother and baby.

Women who breastfeed are not only less likely to develop breast and/or ovarian cancers, but are also less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes, or postpartum depression.

Babies who are breastfed are less likely to develop SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), asthma and respiratory infections, middle ear infections, and Type 2 diabetes. It is believed that breastfeeding may even reduce the likelihood of a baby developing Type 1 Diabetes, (Susan G. Komen).

Science Daily reports that women who breastfeed their babies reduce their chance of developing breast cancer by 59% even when they have a family history of breast cancer! That is a huge reduction in risk. Alison Stuebe, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, [is the] lead author of [this] study, which is published in the Aug. 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Also in the process of combining and evaluating the results of all these studies, the Susan G. Komen site says that the longer a woman breastfeeds her baby the more she reduces the likelihood of her or her baby developing the diseases listed above.

Additionally, the evaluation of the combined studies showed that the longer a woman breastfed, even if her total time breastfeeding included more than one baby, she reduced her chances even more, of developing certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes. So if a woman has more than one baby and breastfeeds all of them, she reduces her own chances of developing the listed diseases even more than if she only breastfeeds one of her babies.

Breast Feeding Has So Many Benefits For Moms and Babies

New babies generally require that a whole new household routine be set up to accommodate them and it can be a little stressful for everyone in the family until the new routine becomes the new normal. Breastfeeding can relieve a lot of the stress of bringing your new baby home and of having a new family member (often very demanding and bossy) in the household.

With breastfeeding there is no messing with bottles and sterilization, and there is no worrying if the milk is the right temperature, or if it might have hot spots in it from warming it in the microwave.

With breastfeeding there is no need to carry a bag full of everything under the sun except the kitchen sink if you go out of the house, and that makes traveling anywhere so much easier. You have Baby’s food with you at all times, it is always ready, and exactly the right temperature.

So in addition to helping to protect your baby and yourself from life threatening and chronic diseases, breastfeeding is convenient -- and it gets better!

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Yes, I do speak from experience in these things. I breastfed my baby for 8 months and I am so glad I did. Life was so much more peaceful and calm than it would have been.

Mine was a baby who cried almost continually for the first few weeks. Not having to deal with all the paraphernalia for sterilizing bottles, and not having to make my baby wait for the bottle to get warmed up, and not having to drag all that formula and ‘stuff’ with me every time I went out of the house was such a help.

Menstruation During Breastfeeding

Periods will usually not resume until one begins to wean one’s baby and breastfeeding becomes less frequent. Be aware that not having periods as a result of breastfeeding does not mean a woman cannot become pregnant. Pregnancy can and does happen even without periods (while a woman is breastfeeding), so be sure to use birth control with your doctor’s guidance as usual, unless you want to become pregnant again.

Also be aware that while most women do experience cessation of periods while breastfeeding, there are a few who do not.

No Poopy Diapers and No Periods

With breastfeeding, before solids and other foods are added, Baby usually has no bowel movements. and Mom usually has no periods. Removing those events from one’s life is worth breastfeeding one’s baby even without all of the other advantages.

This was my experience while breastfeeding and it made life so much easier given that I already had to deal with a baby who would not stop crying – except when breastfeeding. When she was breastfeeding she was content.

Not having to deal with periods or poopy diapers for the first 2 months after bringing my baby home was so nice! Poopy diapers started when solids were introduced to my baby’s diet (at about 2 months old) – but still no periods! J

Breastfeeding your baby will help protect him or her from a lot of sickness. Not only will your baby benefit from the antibodies in your body, which will be passed on to your baby through your breast milk, but also, there is no chance your baby will get germs from bottles and tainted foods.

La Leche League

During my pregnancy I read a book written by the staff members of La Leche League. It was titled, “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,” and it explained all about breastfeeding.

The book answered many of the questions I had about breastfeeding, and it was a great help to me. It even pointed out things I needed to know but never would have thought of, not having had any previous experience with breastfeeding.

There are La Leche League groups in many countries all over the world, and in most cities of any size here in the U.S. These groups are made up of mothers who have breastfed their babies and can be helpful in answering any questions a new mother or first time breastfeeding mother might have.

For help in locating a La Leche group in your area, or for getting answers to your questions and concerns about breastfeeding,visit this URL:

Heating Milk for Baby

Everyone knows that when you microwave the baby bottle full of milk that like anything else it tends to have spots in it that are hotter than others, right? Some of those spots may be scalding hot. So if you microwave your baby’s bottle be sure to shake it well before testing it on the inside of your wrist to make sure it is not too hot. Better if it is a little too cool than for baby to get a bad burn inside his/her mouth, throat, or esophagus, etc.

Instead of microwaving, I used to heat a small pan of water on the stove until it boiled. Then I took the pan off the burner and set the baby bottle full of milk from the refrigerator in the pan of hot water for about 10 minutes. I shook the bottle and tested the temperature of the milk on my wrist to make sure it was not too hot before giving it to my baby – my baby was being weaned at this point.

TIP: It is important when cleaning baby bottles to rinse out every speck of soap because even a tiny amount of soap unintentionally left in the bottle can cause your baby to have diarrhea.

Calm and Patience Are Your Best Friends When It Comes to Breastfeeding

For those of you who have made it this far, here is a short account of my own experience with breastfeeding. I hope it will be helpful to women who are planning to breastfeed for the first time.

Having talked with and read about women over the years who had some problems the first time they attempted breastfeeding, I hope that knowing about my experience, which had some issues initially, will be encouraging when new mothers run into a problem. Problems can often be resolved with patience, determination, and calm common sense.

The message here is that even if you come up against a difficulty or two, do not assume that breastfeeding cannot work for you and your baby and then give up. As with anything new, there is a learning curve. If everyone who ever ran into a small problem that seemed like a huge confusing problem at the time, gave up, our civilization would not be nearly as far along as it is.

The Situation

Having put in 70 hours of labor, yes 70, during which time I ate nothing and slept not at all, I was exhausted and emotionally drained by the time I gave birth.

It is advised that a woman not eat once she starts labor and is about to give birth because she should remain prepared for surgery in the event complications unexpectedly occur (this is rare, but it could happen and one should be prepared). Surgery and anesthesia are safest and best performed on a person with an empty stomach. So I was hungry, and tired beyond description long before the birth of my baby.

I do not blame my doctor or medical assistants for my situation even though they kept sending me home because I had not dilated sufficiently. My baby was born on MediCal, which made no allowance for any of the niceties that women with private insurance received.

MediCal made no allowance for an epidural or any kind of pain medication, but that was OK with me because I had decided months before that I did not want an epidural, and I wanted no drugs involved in my baby’s delivery.

I wanted to have my baby naturally. My mother had all 5 of us kids at home with no epidural and no drugs. Before that women used to give birth successfully without these medical interventions for centuries, so I felt I would be able to manage too, and I did. No, I did not even shout obscenities or cuss my baby’s father at any time, and my baby’s father was with me almost the entire time.

Not saying other women should do what I did, or that the choices other women make for themselves are wrong or inferior in any way if they were different from my own decisions. I am only stating the facts of my own experience here so you will better understand why it took so long for my milk to come in.

We are not all the same and some people manage different things better than others. While I got through it, I will not tell you it was fun. Mainly I want you to understand that I was a wreck after all those hours and hours of labor and pain and thinking it would never end. As a result, my milk would not come in for my baby. I needed to relax and after all the hours of labor relaxing took time.

My purpose is not to get sympathy, because in fact I did not want any medications or epidural, even though they were not available to me. I would have refused them even if they had been offered. I do not regret my choices or my experience, because I had a beautiful healthy baby when it was over, and that was my goal. I wanted what I felt was best for my baby and that was the reason for the decisions I made.

Having read about babies born groggy from drugs given to their mothers during labor to speed things up and/or numb the pain, I did not want my baby born groggy. So in that sense, me, and MediCal, were in agreement, even if for different reasons.

So the point of all this is for my readers to understand that because of all I had gone through, my milk did not come in as it should have right away. Being stressed is not good for nursing.

My Solution While I Waited for My Milk

What I did was attempt to nurse my baby for about 30 minutes when each feeding was due, which made my baby happy and she stopped crying while she was feeding. After that I gave her formula to make sure she received liquids and nourishment. I also made a baby bottle of room temperature water available to her. The water was purchased, and marketed as sterilized for babies. So for the first 4 days I did have to deal with sterilizing bottles.

I was told that it is usually not advised to give a baby a bottle or formula if you plan to breastfeed because many babies have a difficult time going from the bottle to the breast, and from formula to breast milk.

That is the reason I started with breastfeeding even if it was not providing much if any breast milk at first -- because I remained hopeful that my milk would come fairly soon with patience. At the same time I did not want my baby dehydrated or hungry because of the situation. So I always started with breastfeeding and ended with the bottle until my own milk came in.

It was the 4th day after my baby was born that my milk finally came in. Be aware that a woman’s milk is already “in” so to speak, before her baby is even born, but because of my stressful experience it took me and my body several days to relax enough so that my body could do what was natural and allow my milk to flow.

In the early morning of the 4th day, all of a sudden there was more than enough milk, and I was so happy to see that at last everything was as it should be.

What I hope new-mothers-to-be will take from this story is that sometimes patience and determination are what is needed in certain instances. Do not give up if your milk is not available immediately, or even for a few days. If your milk is slow to come in like mine, try not to let that be another stressor. Have confidence in yourself and be patient with yourself. The more relaxed you are the sooner and easier your milk will flow.

Once I relaxed enough so that my milk was available to my baby there was no more bottle washing and sterilizing and no more formula for my baby until she was 7 months old when I started weaning her. There was never an issue of going from the bottle to the breast, probably because of the way I went about nursing my baby from the start – before giving her a bottle of formula.

I had hoped to continue nursing until my baby was a year old, but she started teething . . .

I will tell you that when I started weaning my baby and giving her formula instead, she had a bad reaction to the formula. It often caused her to vomit. So I tried to think of what I could do instead of giving her formula.

I researched exactly what goes into baby formula. When I discovered what the ingredients were, I stopped buying that overpriced formula on the spot. I started making my own formula and there were no more problems resulting from it not setting well with my baby.

Discomfort some people have with breastfeeding . . .

I know lots of people are uncomfortable with this subject, though I confess I do not know why. God made breasts and he made them with a purpose that is more important than the sexual connotations that so many people have been programmed to think of first and foremost when they think about breasts.

I am afraid it is my opinion that people who have only sexually suggestive thoughts about breasts or any other part of the human body should grow up and reprogram themselves to have some practical mature thoughts as well.

As a PSYC major I know that people can control their thoughts no matter what those thoughts entail, so people who oppose breastfeeding and who try to force women who need and want to breastfeed their babies to stop breastfeeding, or to feel ashamed for breastfeeding their babies, need to grow up.

Sexual attraction has its place, and so does breastfeeding one’s baby and doing everything for one’s baby to make and keep them healthy. A healthy attitude about these things can help people to be practical and sensible when that is what is required.

Breastfeeding In Public Places

My first experience in regard to breastfeeding was with a girlfriend. She had been married for 5 years when her first baby arrived. She usually breastfed when she visited me because she stayed through her baby’s feeding time.

You may say, but visiting me was not a public place, but in a way it was, because I was not an immediate member of her family and sometimes there were other people present, including my husband, and her husband too.

Breastfeeding can be done without making a big production out of it. In fact, it is better for Baby if the process is calm and quiet without a lot of distractions around. The food court at the mall may not be the best place to nurse Baby because there are too many distractions.

To insure that her baby was not distracted and would have privacy while she nursed, my friend draped a baby blanket over her shoulder that also draped around her baby like a small tent so that she could see her baby’s face and her baby could see hers, but no one else could see her baby’s face. No one could tell that she was nursing her baby. Nothing about the process was visible to anyone except herself and her baby.

It was seldom that I was in a public place at feeding time with my baby, but on those rare occasions I would sit in the backseat of our family vehicle that was parked in the parking lot of the store or business where my husband and I were shopping or attending to other business. The backseat of our car provided privacy and quiet.

I wore an oversized shirt that draped over my baby in case someone walking by might happen to look into our car. The oversized shirt provided the privacy my baby needed so that she would not be distracted. I had a blanket handy in case it was needed to add more privacy if necessary, as my friend had done.

There really is no reason a woman cannot breastfeed in public places if she does so discreetly with consideration for her baby and her baby’s privacy. Baby will do better with as few distractions as possible during feeding time.

By having consideration for one’s baby during nursing, one just naturally has consideration for the other people who may be around. What works best for baby often works best for people who feel uncomfortable around nursing babies.

I would be very surprised if anyone even realized a woman was breastfeeding if that woman used the method my friend exemplified for me.

Even so, not every public place is the ideal place for nursing and that should be considered when choosing the location. Quiet and calm is best, and that is rarely found at the mall or at a rock concert or any number of other places and situations.

It might not be such a bad idea if more businesses and public places offered a specific place where mothers could go to nurse their babies in private. Perhaps stalls equipped with comfortable chairs and a door that could be shut to provide privacy and as much calm and quiet as possible. This might meet the baby’s needs and satisfy people who are scared to death they may see a bit of breast or recognize when a woman is breastfeeding.

Nursing older babies or toddlers may be another issue. It was not an issue for me because my baby was fully weaned by 9 months of age. However, I do recommend that mother’s continue to nurse their babies for at least 1 full year if possible. How long a mother chooses to nurse is her own decision to make; however a year or so gives more benefit to both mother and baby.

Stylish Nursing Covers

One possible solution for nursing in public places.

One possible solution for nursing in public places.

Another possible solution for nursing in public.

Another possible solution for nursing in public.


La Leche

Science Daily on Breastfeeding and Family History of Breast Cancer

© 2013 C E Clark


C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 28, 2020:

Peggy Woods, thank you for helping to bring this article into the light. Totally agree with you -- breastfeeding has so many advantages for both mother and baby! As a former nurse, I know you understand this better than most. Thank you again for taking time to comment.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 25, 2020:

Time to help publicize this article of yours once again. There are so many benefits to both the mother and child for those who are breastfed. Thanks for writing this and informing people about those benefits.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 14, 2019:

Shreenidhi, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. I'm glad you enjoyed it and were able to relate to the important information here.

SHREENIDHI from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India on September 10, 2019:

Your article is too good. I'm a mother of my 17 months old son and i still breastfeed my son. It is my exclusive time with my son and i love feeding him. This article is a great read and could actually relate to each and every point in this article. Thanku for such a great article

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 02, 2015:

Peggy W, thank you of coming by and sharing about your neighbor. Nice to find someone who knows the difference between rear and raise, too. ;)

We hit 90 F. today. Cooler than many years, and I'm glad. Hope your floods are subsiding down there. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2015:

We have a new mother on our street with a little baby girl. She intends to stay home and rear her at least for those all important first years of life. I applaud she and her husband's decision. While I have not discussed it with her, I am fairly certain that she will be breastfeeding her new daughter. Her mother is a nurse, and her mother-in-law is a professor so she comes from a well informed family.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 11, 2015:

Sherry Hewins, thank you for sharing your information with me and my readers. Unfortunate that some young people are brought up to think breasts are solely sex objects that are 'gross' when utilizing them for their original intended purpose, but not gross when used in a sexual way. Maybe, due to their training, breastfeeding seems somehow incestuous to them. A shame their parents weren't more comfortable with the subject so that they could grow up on the right track.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on May 10, 2015:

My daughter breastfed both of her babies, but she has told me that the most common reason that friends of hers have given for not breastfeeding is this feeling that it is "gross," a discomfort with the physical act.

I feel like this is a cultural difference. I breastfed all of my babies, and they learned from, infancy that this is the way babies are fed.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 10, 2015:

Keisha Hunter, thank you for reading and commenting on this article and sharing your own experience which must be in a different country. Here lots of people are offended to see women breastfeeding their babies in public and so more effort is made to placate them. I think they're being ridiculous, but mine is just another opinion here, so people continue to be offended, although progress does seem to be being made . . .

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 10, 2015:

Keisha Hunter, thank you for reading and commenting on this article and sharing your own experience which must be in a different country. Here lots of people are offended to see women breastfeeding their babies in public and so more effort is made to placate them. I think they're being ridiculous, but mine is just another opinion here, so people continue to be offended, although progress does seem to be being made . . .

Keisha Hunter from Kingston, Jamaica on May 09, 2015:

Both my boys were breastfed well pass age one. As for the cover over the baby's face and breastfeeding in public, i don't see any shame in breastfeeding. A rag over my breast was fine.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 10, 2015:

Peggy W, thank you for sharing this article!

We haven't had any bad weather exactly. A little thunder and lightening and a few drops of rain. The weather isn't like it used to be. Today was a pretty day. I wish everyday could be like this one.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2015:

Happy to share this again for all the new or expectant mothers out there who should be made aware of all the great benefits both to the child as well as themselves by breastfeeding.

We will be getting a lot of rain in the next week but it looks like you might be getting some of the more dangerous weather up in your area of Texas. Hope it does not get too severe! Stay safe!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 11, 2014:

DeborahDian, thank you for stopping by. This article and science in general agree with you, and so do I. Wishing you and your family a wonderful happy Christmas!

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on December 10, 2014:

I breast fed my own children and encouraged them to breast feed my grandchildren. I am so glad that they did. I think there are so many benefits for both the mother and child.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 29, 2014:

prasetio30, thank you for coming by and for your wonderful comment! Very much appreciate it and the vote.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 28, 2014:

Incomeguru, you are correct. If you read beyond the title you will discover why. Thanks for stopping!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 27, 2014: have excellent tips for mom. I hope many moms will read this hub and they know how breastfeeding give many benefits for their babies. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!


C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 27, 2014:

Thank you Peggy W for Google+ing and pinning this article! Also for the share. Hope you are having a pleasant start to your week!

Oyewole Folarin from Lagos on July 26, 2014:

Breast fed babies are smarter. For babies breast fed for 24 months, in class they tend to perform better.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 25, 2014:

This good hub of yours will now be sent to G+ and will pin to Awesome Hubpages. Already pinned to my health board. Sharing again with HP.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 23, 2014:

Thank you Peggy W for tweeting this article! Also for your high praise. It means a lot coming from someone who does such a great job both on writing and photographing not to mention all of your other talents.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2014:

Going to give this another tweet since this is information everyone needs to know and consider when bearing children. You always do such great research when presenting your facts.

You have certainly had some bad experiences with regard to medical care and so sorry to hear that your hospice experience was also not good. Thus far I have had very positive experiences with hospice care.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 01, 2014:

Deborah-Diane, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience on this important issue. I think breast feeding is not only the most healthful good start for a new baby and Mom too, but also the most convenient. Just think -- no poopy diapers and no periods for most new babies/moms.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on January 28, 2014:

One of our daughters just gave birth to our sixth grandchild, and I wanted to make sure she saw this article. She is breastfeeding and I am so pleased by her decision. It is the best thing for her and her child! I breastfed my daughters and I am so happy that I did. Thanks for this well-researched article!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 08, 2013:

Thank you Peggy W for taking an interest in my husband's situation. His second bout with bladder cancer was in 2007 and that was the beginning of refusal of necessary care to save his life because he had no insurance and no ability to pay. His tumors were allowed to grow and his cancer to metastasize over the years because he could not afford the necessary surgery.

He tried everywhere here in Texas and lied about being a citizen in Oregon in order to be accepted into a program there with a teaching hospital. However, there was apparently a cost there too, and so the life saving/extending surgery was refused because he could not pay.

Lots of people are unaware that we who have no insurance or money are denied access to healthcare everyday. That includes me and my daughter and millions of other people. Everyone needs to be poor for a while so they can get clued into the real world.

It's true that some insurances won't pay either. What it seems to boil down to is that poor people are considered expendable and disposable.

Once my husband was accepted for Medicaid, just about 10 days before he died, he was given the best care possible given the situation. He was awake and able to communicate like always and as pain free as possible at MD Anderson.

He was moved to the Houston Hospice where they drugged him and kept him unconscious and unable to ask for food or liquids and so they managed to kill him within a week so to make his bed available for their next victim.

During his last days he was unable to communicate with anyone and so in my mind 'they' stole his last remaining time that could have been spent with family and friends. It was not necessary to drug him into oblivion to control the pain. MD Anderson had managed to control his pain just the week before while allowing him to be conscious much of the time.

I researched hospices and discovered that most of them do exactly what Doc Kavorkian did, except many of the people who go there don't agree that they want to die as quickly as possible. Do some research for yourself. It's pretty gruesome and only perhaps 15% is what I would call positive towards hospices.

Thanks again for caring . . .

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 07, 2013:

So very sorry that your husband was treated so poorly and of all places at M.D. Anderson! I find that appalling! Doctors and nurses should have compassion no matter what the financial circumstances are of the patient. In fact, I am surprised that they even knew. Usually hospitals are so compartmentalized with respect to things like that. Did he end up getting hospice care? At least there they would have treated him and would have done their utmost to make sure he was as pain free as possible.

Off topic regarding this hub but I was just surprised at these last comments regarding the treatment (or lack of it) that your husband received. Even those WITH insurance are often denied treatment depending upon what the insurance carriers decide. Often it is taken out of the doctor's hands.

I know someone who had cancer and became cancer free according to test results but no more MRI's were authorized for quite some time and by the time the insurance allowed it the cancer was back and had spread which eventually killed her. Hardly a perfect system!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 17, 2013:

Denise Handlon, thank you for your continued interest.

Things may be different in maternity wards, but I can tell you that they are much worse in other areas. My late husband died this past September because he had no money or insurance. His cancer returned back in 2007 after 10 good years in remission , but NO ONE, not any hospital or doctor, and not any organization anywhere in Texas or elsewhere would help him because he had no money or insurance. His tumors were allowed to grow until there was nothing that could be done even if someone was willing to help.

He made several expensive trips to the emergency room (thank you tax payers even though it did little good) for pain control. He was in unbelievable pain for the last several months and once under control after several hours in the ER he was sent home again, only to return just a few days later for another expensive visit that the taxpayers will pay for.

My daughter (age 25) was with him on a few of those ER trips in an ambulance (again thanks taxpayers even though it was huge amounts of money that accomplished very little) and she said doctors, nurses, and staff treated her and her father very badly. They were snotty, disrespectful, condescending, unsympathetic, and just plain nasty. This was at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas.

He and I had been separated for over 8 years but never divorced. I'm told his girlfriend, an RN, was also treated badly when she was with him at M.D. Anderson.

I find it appalling that medical care is withheld just because someone is poor. I hope everyone that thinks that it is acceptable to treat anyone at all like my husband was treated will have a similar experience to what my husband had -- living for years knowing he might die at any time and no one would do anything to help, or give a damn. Experiencing incredible pain for months because he just wouldn't die and get the hell out of the way of better people who have money.

It cost many more thousands of dollars to let my husband die by refusing him medical treatment than if he had been given the help he needed back in 2007 -- and the tax payers get to foot the bill. He could have had many more good years where he worked and paid taxes, but no, we don't want poor people to have healthcare in this country. This is a country built on Christian principles after all -- isn't it? That's what the loudest mouths say.

Sorry, but people need to know what is really happening in this country and decide if they're happy with it, because anyone could find themselves poor and in the same circumstances he was in -- my husband was a Harvard trained attorney.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on October 13, 2013:

There were so many things that were wrong in how people without insurance were treated years ago. Today, they are not allowed to do this, however, the treatment between those with insurance and those with self pay or no ability to pay is enormous. Glad you were strong enough to maintain. It's always the 'reflection back' on where things could have made a differnce, when things go awry and there is a lawsuit. :(

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 12, 2013:

Denise Handlon, thank you so much for reading and sharing your experience on this subject, and for your high praise of this article.

I didn't eat during my labor (70 hours) either (drank water only), though there was nobody to prevent me from doing so because they kept sending me home. I was warned that once I had gone into labor, birth was imminent and eating anything might cause more complications if there were already complications that had to be dealt with in the birthing process.

I was sent home twice because my labor stopped as soon as I entered the hospital, and I was on Medical. With insurance they would likely have kept me to collect the proceeds, but since there were none, I was sent home. Within minutes of returning home labor would start again.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 08, 2013:

Thank you Shyron, for all the votes and shares and pins, etc. Personally, breastfeeding made my life as a new mother so much easier -- and just think, no periods! No poopy diapers! And then there are the long lasting benefits to both Mom and Baby!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 06, 2013:

JayeWisdom, thank you for stopping by and sharing your granddaughter's and your great grandson's plight. Hopefully it will soon be possible for him to go home and be with his family. My best wishes and prayers for all of them for that to happen soon.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 06, 2013:

Thank you Moonlake for stopping by and sharing news about your great granddaughter. I'm so glad her mother is able to provide her with the best nourishment there is regardless of the means. Thank you also, for the vote and for sharing this article.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on October 05, 2013:

What a tribute to moms who breastfeed, and the La Leche League who promote this natural cycle postpartum. This hub is well researched and thorough.

Like you, I initially went into labor and then everything stopped, yet they refused to give me any nourishment. It had already been 24 hours. When my husband arrived from his work shift I was tearful and told him that if he didn't get me some soup, jello or SOMETHING, I was leaving and dragging the IV behind me! He did insist and once I had the liquid diet they provided my labor kicked in again. In my mind, I have no doubts that the two were correlated.

I also breastfed in public and promote that with discretion. I'm happy to see that more restrooms in the main department stores, like JCP or Sears, etc have included a place to sit with a breastfed infant. My technique was similar to what you've named...sometimes a blanket, sometimes a light poncho that I just flipped over my daughter.

Well done, UP / U/B/ I and shared. BTW, if you have not already done so, I strongly encourage you to submit this to magazine(s).

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on September 29, 2013:

Hi, Au fait, my granddaughter is still breast feeding my great grandson, he will be a year old in January, and I totally agree with you on the benefits to both mother and baby.

Voted up, UABI, shared and pinned to my Awesome hubpages board.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on September 29, 2013:

One of my granddaughters gave birth to preemie twin boys a week ago, and--even though one of the babies is still in the hospital until his weight increases--she's breastfeeding with the aid of a pump and visiting him every day. The benefits to babies and mother are worthwhile.


moonlake from America on September 28, 2013:

Our great-granddaughter is drinking breast milk but not breast fed. She is a beautiful healthy looking baby. Voted up and shared.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 22, 2013:

Thumbi7, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 22, 2013:

Thank you, Shyron, for sharing your thoughts and for sharing this article! A lot of this information may not have been known when your children were born, but if a person thinks they will have children nowadays, it pays to be thinking about some of these important issues even before pregnancy. You can't start planning for success too soon, no matter what you intend to do.

JR Krishna from India on September 21, 2013:

Breast feeding definitely has many advantages not only for the baby but for the mother as well.

Thanks for sharing a wonderful hub

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on September 20, 2013:

I hope that any woman who is pregnant will read this. It is so informative and helpful. So much that I could have benefited from, if I had read an article like this.

Will share this again, and hope that this information reaches lots of women for the babies who need it.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 12, 2013:

Thank you Deborah-Diane for sharing this with your family. I hope your daughter will give breastfeeding a real try. There were a few little problems initially when I started breastfeeding my daughter, but I worked them out with time and patience. There is nothing more convenient and breastfeeding is the best choice for the long term health of mom and baby.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on September 09, 2013:

I want to resend this to my family and friends, too. I have a pregnant daughter, and I am encouraging her to breastfeed. She seems to be leaning that way, and I know it is a smart decision for both her and the baby!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 02, 2013:

Thank you Shyron E Shenko for coming back to share this article. I hope it will be helpful to lots of women who are thinking about or planning to breastfeed and who may feel ambivalent about it or who fear problems.

La Leche League needs to be more 'out there' to be of assistance to young women with questions and who need help. Once I got started breastfeeding it made being a new mom so much easier.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 31, 2013:

younghopes, I really hope things will work out for you soon! Thanks for stopping by.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 29, 2013:

This is a fantastic hub came back to share again. Voted-up, UAI and pinned.

Every new mother should read this.

Congrats moonlake, I too have a great grandchild.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 29, 2013:

Thank you moonlake for sharing and tweeting this hub! I'm sure your new granddaughter is gorgeous and so lucky to have you for her grandmother. So much you can share with her as the years go by, and they will go quickly as you know, so enjoy.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 28, 2013:

Thank you JayeWisdom for reading and sharing your experience on this subject. Also for voting up, etc.

I can't imagine that messing with bottles, sterilizing, etc., is more convenient than breastfeeding. I say as much in this article. Breast milk is always ready and just the right temperature. No sterilizing or special equipment required and no need to haul a bag of expensive formula around every time you leave home.

It's good if breastfeeding will prevent Alzheimer's, but even if it doesn't, it does prevent breast cancer in many women and a has a lot of other advantages as well.

Shadaan Alam from India on August 27, 2013:

@Au Fait Thank you so much for your advice and suggestions, i would try to follow them up, thanks again

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 25, 2013:

Thank you Deborah-Diane for your wise comments and for sharing this article. The benefits of breastfeeding are so extensive and do indeed last a lifetime for both mother and baby.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on August 24, 2013:

I'm glad that breastfeeding's made a comeback. Way back when I was having babies, most mothers opted for bottle-feeding. Even though the Internet and Google didn't exist then, I did some research the old-fashioned way, by reading books. The benefits of breastfeeding for babies outweighed any convenience that bottle-feeding might offer. I chose the method that was best for my babies.

Decades later, I'm glad to read that benefits for mothers who breastfeed last for life and may even include protection from Alzheimers. That's what I call a delayed benefit and a tremendous "win-win!"

Voted Up++ and sharing link with my pregnant granddaughters...


moonlake from America on August 24, 2013:

We just visited with our new great-granddaughter. My granddaughter couldn't get her to nurse so now she pumps and baby is still getting breast milk. Came back to share and Tweet. By the way she is a beautiful baby!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 23, 2013:

Thank you younghopes for reading and sharing your experience on this issue. I'm so sorry to hear that you are having problems.

One thing I noted when I was breastfeeding is that you should never take antihistamines. I have allergies to everything and I took an antihistamine tablet like I so often did and it interfered with my milk production because it caused me to lose fluid. It took a few days to get back up to my usual production after taking that medication.

Another thing is to be sure and drink lots of liquids, water, milk, juices,etc., and be sure to get a nutritious balanced diet.

I don't know if you are aware, but the more you nurse the more milk you will produce. Your 3 month old should be nursing every 4 hours or so. They more your baby demands the more milk your body will produce. Do not skip feedings for any reason and be sure to let baby nurse as long as she wants to.

I'm so sorry it has taken me this long to respond, but for some reason HP has not put your comment on my comments page and so I didn't know it was here. I don't know why HP does that, but every once in a while they do. I sometimes don't see comments for weeks until I just happen to go to a hub's comment section for some reason and there they are! It's very frustrating and I am so sorry it happened.

I recommend you get in contact with Le Leche Leaugue because they often have very good advice and suggestions for different problems with nursing. I know Le Leche is all over the world, so they may very well have a chapter near you. You can go through the link in this hub or Google them.

Best wishes to you in finding a solution.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on August 22, 2013:

I am resending this to my followers. One of our daughters is pregnant and I was glad to hear she plans to breast feed when the baby comes. I also heard on ABC news that women who have breastfed babies have a lower rate of Alzheimers. The benefits last a lifetime!

Shadaan Alam from India on August 16, 2013:

What a beautiful and well researched hub for sure, i have 3 months old baby though earlier i was breast feeding him but then got to know that i wasn't having sufficient milk and so i have to bring him to bottle feeding, which however i never like. Now he is more on bottle than on mine, i feel bad, i took so many natural things for more breastmilk but nothing much helped. i wish i could do something

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 12, 2013:

tattuwurn, thank you for reading, commenting, and voting on this article! Also appreciate you sharing your experience on this issue.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 11, 2013:

Thank you Peggy W, for sharing your thoughts and for sharing this hub!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 07, 2013:

Sharing this good hub once again. Breastfeeding has gone in and out of fashion through the years but now more people have learned about the many benefits to both mother and child by doing this most natural of acts.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 04, 2013:

Thank you Paul Kuehn for reading, sharing your family experience on this issue, and for voting on, sharing, FB, Tweeting, pinning, etc.!

I have no knowledge of breast pumps. I stayed home with my daughter and worked with my husband in his home law office until daughter was about 8 years old, and home schooled her as you know from reading my articles on that subject.

I think how attached a person becomes to a parent or other person is more genetic than environmental. Not to say that experiences have no effect because of course they do, but some people seem to be naturally more timid or unsure of themselves. It's a personality trait.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 03, 2013:

Thank you for stopping by Glenda. I don't know when you had your children, but much of this information about breastfeeding has only come to light in the last 35 years or so. Some as recently as the last 10 years.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on August 02, 2013:

Au fait,

This is another awesome, well-researched hub which everyone should read. My mother said that I was breastfed the first nine months of my life. I believe that mom also breastfed all of my sisters and brother. Unfortunately, she did get breast cancer when she was about 75 and had to have a mastectomy. I personally feel that being breastfed makes a child more emotionally attached to his or her mother. A little over three years ago, my stepdaughter had a baby girl. I remember that she briefly tried using a breast pump to get the milk flowing. Now I can't really remember if it helped or not. Do you know anything about these breast pumps? Voted up and shared with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinned and Tweeted.

Glenda on July 31, 2013:

Good advice for every mother to be. I should have had this kind of advice when I had my children.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 11, 2013:

ocfireflies, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub and for voting on it too. Agree with you that breastfeeding has so many advantages, and bonding, as you pointed out, is definitely one of them.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 09, 2013:

Thank you for reading and commenting DDE. I'm sure many children have grown up well despite not being breastfed, and I know many. Thank you for sharing you experience on this subject also.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 07, 2013:

Thank you carl8033 for reading and commenting on this hub. Glad if it was helpful in even a small way.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on July 06, 2013:

Au fait,

Excellent hub with very important information. I breast fed my two sons and feel that in addition to the health benefits, a special kind of bonding occurred as a result of the experience. Voted Up and Awesome!

Best Always,


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 02, 2013:

Interesting about breastfeeding, I didn't breastfeed my child he is a fine and very healthy grew up with no issues, works for certain people,

Carl Junior on June 30, 2013:

I have always believed and heard "rumors" that breast fed babies are brighter, healthier and smarter than non-breast fed babies and your article has made these facts even more easy to comprehend. P/S I love the stylish nursing covers.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 28, 2013:

Thank you Aunt Jimi, for sharing this hub again. You make some good points about the workplace. With today's technology a lot of people could work from home and it would be better for the environment too.

Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on June 25, 2013:

This is really a very informative hub. I sent the URL to a young friend who is expecting her first baby. She's planning to breastfeed, but she didn't realize all the benefits, so I thought this hub would be of interest to her.

You know, it's a shame more women can't take their babies to work with them or work from home. A lot of jobs could be done from home and a lot of workplaces could maintain a nursery so that mom's could stop in and actually nurse their babies at work. That would be an advantage to both mom and baby. The nutrition in breast milk can't be beat, but neither can the time mom and baby spend together while baby is nursing. It's a shame that has to be taken away.

Sharing this again.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 13, 2013:

Thank you for reading and commenting Aunt Jimi, and for sharing! Yes, it was nice not having periods or poopy diapers for a few months!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 12, 2013:

Thank you Nell Rose for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing/pinning this hub! Appreciate so much that you shared your experience and your thoughts on this subject.

Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on June 09, 2013:

Have to say, I think I would have a baby and nurse it just to get the periods to stop for a while, and no poopy diapers for a few months either! That alone is a winner for me. In fact I did nurse my baby and that was a nice break for a while like you said. Now that I find out how beneficial it is to breastfeed I'm really glad I did it. Going to share this because it's so important.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 07, 2013:

mperrottet, thank you for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing this hub! Also, for sharing your personal experience and thoughts on this important subject.

Nell Rose from England on June 07, 2013:

Hi Au Fait, this was fascinating reading and brought it all back to me. I totally agree that there should be special places set aside in public places to breast feed the baby. Its so strange to me that something so natural should still cause so much discomfort for people seeing it. I remember seeing a woman at the pool, without a thought she just started breast feeding at the side, and all the women in the pool just smiled, the guys didn't do a thing, it was so natural. I totally understand about the IQ of babies not being caused by the feeding but the intelligence of the mother doing it, yes it makes sense. Great advice, and shared and pinned.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 04, 2013:

Thank you for reading and sharing your cute antidote on this subject with me and my readers! There are indeed so many, many advantages to breastfeeding for both mom and baby!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 01, 2013:

Thank you Peggy W, for tweeting this hub! I try to bring as much information together in one place as I can on every subject I write about and I choose my subjects by how important I think the information is, or by how interesting I find the subject to be.

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on June 01, 2013:

When I had my children, breast feeding was not very popular, and I was one of the few mothers that breast fed my children. I so glad that I did, not only for the health benefits, but for the bonding that is creates. Great hub as usual - voted up, useful, interesting and sharing.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 31, 2013:

Thank you Brett.Tesol for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing/tweeting/pinning this hub! Yes indeed, freedom from some of the things you mentioned makes it all worthwhile even if those were the only benefits, but there are so many more!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 28, 2013:

The issue of public breast feeding is a big issue in many countries, but here in Peru it's a normal and expected practice. I'd heard that breastfed babies are smarter, etc. but didn't realize all the protection it provides to both mother and baby. When my husband has a "duh" moment he always blames it on not being breast fed as a baby. : ) Very useful and interesting. Voted up!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2013:

Will give this hub a tweet today. You really do put the time and effort into writing your hubs! :)

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 26, 2013:

Thank you rajan jolly for reading, voting on, sharing and for sharing your experience and thoughts too! The colostrum is indeed healthful and important.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 24, 2013:

Thank you moonlake for reading and sharing this hub! Really appreciate you sharing your experiences and information on this subject too!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 24, 2013:

Clippy34, Keith, thank you for reading and leaving a comment (posing a very controversial question) on this article. I very much appreciate your doing that.

As for myself, I'm very territorial. I never even had a babysitter for my daughter. If she couldn't go where I wanted to go, neither of us went unless her father was available to stay with her. He was in school, first undergrad and then law school, when daughter was born and until she was almost 6. If one of us, my husband or myself, couldn't go where she wanted to go, then she didn't go either.

I suppose I might have allowed another woman to nurse her if it had been truly necessary for her health or her life, but barring that situation, no, I would not have allowed another woman to nurse my baby.

Having no control over what other people do, I would not have trusted another woman to be sufficiently healthy and drug free, alcohol free, tobacco free to nurse my baby. What people say they do and what they actually do in the way of habits is not always the same. Fortunately that was never a question I had to consider because I had plenty of milk once it came in.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 24, 2013:

Thank you peramore20 for sharing your experience on this subject with my readers!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 24, 2013:

Deborah-Diane, thank you for reading this article and sharing your experience and thoughts on this issue. Agree with everything you wrote!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 24, 2013:

Thank you Shyron, for sharing your views on this subject, voting, and sharing!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 24, 2013:

Specialk3749, thank you for reading and sharing your experience and your thoughts on this subject. You should write some articles about your breastfeeding experiences. I'm sure they would be helpful to about-to-be moms.

Brett C from Asia on May 23, 2013:

You are on a role with these informative and well researched hubs. The line "Not having to deal with periods or poopy diapers for the first 2 months" alone would appeal to many 'soon to be' mothers. With so many benefits, I can see why a lot opt for this option.

Shared, pinned, tweeted, up, useful and interesting.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 23, 2013:

Tebo, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. Agree with what you write -- life was so much easier by choosing to breastfeed and as a bonus, both my baby and me benefitted so much in so many different ways!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 22, 2013:

Thank you Peggy W, for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing/pinning this hub! Thank you for sharing your thoughts also. I think breastfeeding one's baby is one of the most beneficial gifts one can give them because it will affect their good health all of their lives.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 21, 2013:

Very interesting read, Au fait and both my children were breastfed till they started teething. The first milk colostrum is of course a booster shot for the baby's immune system and should be not missed.

Voted up, useful and sharing.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 20, 2013:

carter06, thank you for such high praise, for reading, commenting, voting on, and for sharing/pinning/tweeting this hub! Considering the many advantages of breastfeeding for both mother and baby, I hope more women will choose to do it.

moonlake from America on May 19, 2013:

I ran into an old neighborhood friend the other day and I ask her if she remembered anyone in our neighborhood breast feeding, she said no there was no one that she remembered.

clippy34 was asking you about another woman breast feeding your baby My grandmother was nursed by a wet nurse when she was a baby. Shared.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 19, 2013:

Thank you moonlake, for reading, sharing your experience and thoughts on this subject, and for voting!

Since you mentioned that rickets may be associated with breastfeeding I did some quick research and it turns out that some doctors think exclusively breastfeeding a baby may contribute to rickets. They also said it could be prevented by giving baby vitamin drops or cod liver oil along with breastfeeding. This article was in the New York Times if anyone wants to look it up.

I always gave my baby multivitamin drops starting at about a month old, and at 2 months of age I started her on solids -- fruits, and later vegetables, and finally meat. That was in addition to our regular nursing.

Appreciate that you raised that issue because other people may be concerned about it too.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 19, 2013:

Thank you for reading, commenting, voting, and sharing Aunt Jimi! Because I was on MediCal at the time I was pretty much on my own, but I have talked to a lot of women since that time whose doctors did advise them to give up after a day or two and just use formula. I'm so glad I didn't do that.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 19, 2013:

agapsikap, thank you for reading, commenting and voting on this hub!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 18, 2013:

rebeccamealey, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub, for your kind compliments, and for sharing your personal thoughts and experience!

clippy34 on May 16, 2013:

Here's a question for you to ponder.

Would you let another woman breast feed your baby?

See article,

peramore20 from Greensburg, PA on May 15, 2013:

Thanks for the hub. I breastfed my son past a year, and it was a very beneficial bonding experience. He's very smart and never has been sick.

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