Valorie’s Breastfeeding Index

Later today I will post a review of the baby blog of 2007 so why does breastfeeding get its own category? Well, in part as an answer to readers who want to read what I’ve written on breastfeeding. I’ve written so much on breastfeeding at this point that you all have asked for an index of sorts so it’s easier to find what you’re looking for. It’s also in part because I’ve become known as the breastfeeding lady. . .guru. . .whatever you want to call it. I’ve been at this breastfeeding business for a long time and many of … Continue reading

Breastfeeding + Gene = Higher IQ?

The FADS2 gene is going to be the talk of the town in breastfeeding research for quite some time. The newest research, done in a study in Britain and New Zealand, showed that infants who had the gene and were breastfed had an IQ that was, on average, 8 points higher than other infants. The gene was isolated and studied because it produces an enzyme found in breast milk. The research is considered “ground breaking” because it shows that both nurture and nature play a part in a child’s intelligence. It is being used by agencies that want to promote … Continue reading

Baby Blog’s Week in Review – September 30 – October 6

Valorie’s been doing a great job with the Baby Blog this week, I spent a lot of my time focused elsewhere, but I’m working on getting re-engaged here. Here are some of the articles we featured this week in case you missed any. Saturday, September 30th In Painless Portraits Valorie talked about ways you can get pictures of your darling little ones without going through a lot of pain and anxiety. In 10 Great Baby Products to Make Life Easier Valorie described some great products including the Bunk Barrier to help keep little ones from climbing into an older child’s … Continue reading

Baby Smarts & the Breast

I. . . .can. . .barely. . .choke. . .the. . .words. . .out. But it does seem to be that this study suggests that breast milk doesn’t make your babies smarter. This is actually a fairly landmark study because it’s the first of its kind (to my knowledge) to suggest that being breastfed doesn’t make the average Joe any smarter. Up until this point, researchers have sited that breastfed babies, as a group tend to be more intelligent than they’re formula fed counter parts. This study says that babies who are breastfed tend to come from families that have … Continue reading