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As many of you know, today is the day we begin evening meetings! This is a big step for our group, as we are able to extend quality breastfeeding support to more mothers throughout Indianapolis! In celebration of this monumental occasion, and the meeting topic tonight, (Benefits of Breastfeeding) I bring you these quick reads. There were so many articles and links to breastfeeding in mainstream media that I wanted to share with you this week, I decided to round ’em up and give you a little bundle of links to enjoy!

A public service announcement from India: clever PSA that targets the change of cultural norms. From Motherwear’s Breastfeeding Blog

From the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s blog, a Clinical Pearl: Your baby has not read any of your books; he relies on a special software program for babies called instinct! Parents can quickly learn their baby’s language by the immersion method: stay close, listen, watch and practice. – Verity Livingstone, Canada

LA Times supplement that went to over 1.6 million readers. It appears to be WHO Code compliant (!) and check out page six for some solid (but basic) breastfeeding advice.

Breast Milk Study Furthers Understanding Of Critical Ingredients. Can we ever know too much about the benefits of breastfeeding? From Sixty Second Parent.

An article from Fit Pregnancy about the benefits of using donor milk: Other Mother’s Milk.

For military moms, there’s extra duty: Breastfeeding in the Navy- enlisted women have their own set of challenges.

A brand-new Harvard/BYU study uncovers information about how  breastfeeding protects a baby’s immune system.  Read about it here.

Here’s a motley collection of the latest breastfeeding news.  Enjoy!

Researchers in Australia have found that breastmilk contains stem cells! Read about it here. [Thank you to Carrie for the article]

We have known years that breastmilk provides babies a lot more than just nutrition. Breastmilk contains antibodies from the mother which is why breastfed babies are so much less likely to be hospitalized for an infection than babies fed artificial baby milk. According to pioneering nursing professor Paula Meier, the milk of the mothers of the preemies she works with “is really a medication for their babies. ”

But stem cells?? We haven’t head anything about stem cells in breastmilk. We don’t know what they do there or why they’re there. I’ll be eager to learn more in the years to come about what their role it.

But whatever role stem cells play in breastmilk, they’re not there for accident. They have some function protecting babies in a way that we don’t understand.

And when we ask “Why is breastmilk so different than formula? Why can’t we capture all the wonders of breastmilk and put it in a can?” Well, it’s not so easy to replicate stemcells. Or antibodies. Or all of the other things living in breastmilk that we haven’t even heard of yet, but that are in your breastmilk right doing their jobs helping your baby grow smart, strong, and resilient.

Sara Spalding