"Did you ever think, when you hear your baby rouse at 2:00am, that they are actually giving you the gift of MORE sleep, lowering your postpartum depression risk, building and developing their brains, possibly reducing their risk for long-term mood disorders, developing their own circadian cycles, getting more milk when your supply is highest, ensuring your long-term breastmilk supply, AND giving you an opportunity to pump less at work?" To read more about why these encouraging facts are possible, check out 5 Cool Things No One Ever Told You About NIghttime Breastfeeding.
Pregnancy can have positive affects on women for years afterwards. The miraculous phenomenon that this picture depicts is called "fetomaternal microchimerism."
Here's how it works, from From: "Astounding: Your Baby Can Heal You!"
"The main study that supports this claim was done using mice.2 In the study, the researchers took female mice that had never mated before and mated them with male mice that had been genetically engineered to make a green, fluorescing protein in their cells. As a result, half of the offspring produced by this mating process also had the ability to make that protein. Since the females did not have that ability, any cells in the mother that produced the green, fluorescing protein must have come from the fetus developing inside her.
Melanie Ellison, Durango CO
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