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"This is significant because the mothers who tried but did not manage to feed to a schedule are similar to schedule-feeding mothers. They tend to be younger, more likely to be single, more likely to be social tenants and likely to be less well-educated or to read to their child. These social characteristics are all understood to increase a child's likelihood of performing less well. It seems that it is actually having been fed to a schedule, rather than having the type of mother who attempted to feed to a schedule (successfully or not), which makes the difference."Penelope Leach, a parenting expert, psychologist and author was not surprised by the finding. She says, "A baby's optimal brain development depends on communications between his 'emotional brain' and his mother's immediate and sensitive responses...A lot of that communication takes place around the baby's primary need and greatest pleasure: feeding."
"Adopting idealistic global policy goals like exclusive breastfeeding until six months as individual goals for women is unhelpful. More achievable incremental goals are recommended. Unanimously, families would prefer the balance to shift away from antenatal theory towards more help immediately after birth and at three to four months when solids are being considered."Did you find exclusive breastfeeding for six months unrealistic?
"I hear, totally serious, two big breaths, and six feet above me, I see the very slight glint of the eyes of a huge [mountain lion] and I literally proceed to do what I had just read in the instructions. And I started screaming and yelling and literally being as crazy as I could be, it padded off and just slowly went away and I worked my way into the trailer and I got in and I decided at that moment that this woman was the woman for me."Jessica is a freelance writer, her last name is unknown. Lucas is best known for his leading role in the movie Sweet Home Alabama and his appearances on NBC's The Firm.