Hi, I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV… making news this week…
New moms and their biggest concerns about breastfeeding
A new study shedding doubt on the memory sparing power of Omega 3’s
And why a power nap is a good thing for preschoolers.
First..,. new research about first time Moms who try…but give-up on breastfeeding.
More than 500 new moms were surveyed for the study…
As many as 92 percent started agonizing over breastfeeding within their first week home.
52-percent reported overall difficulty at feeding time…things like trouble with the baby latching on.
44-percent said breastfeeding was painful.
Another 40-percent worried about the quantity of the breast milk they were producing.
Many of the women who gave up breastfeeding made the switch to formula as early as day 3.
It’s estimated that 75-percent of mothers in the United
States try to breastfeed, but only 13-percent are exclusively breastfeeding for the recommended first 6 months.
Next up Omega 3’s and your brain.
A brand new study, just published in the journal Neurology, shows that these fatty acids found in foods like fish and nuts don’t provide a protective effect in older women.
The research involved more than 22-hundred women over 65… who were given yearly memory and thinking tests. Blood tests were taken to measure the amount of omega-3s in the participants’ blood.
Researchers found no difference between the women with high or low levels of omega-3s in the blood at the time of the first memory tests.
There was also no difference between the two groups in how fast their cognitive skills declined over the years.
The researchers do not recommend any diet changes based on these results. Studies looking at the relationship between Omega-3s and the heart and brain continue.
Finally…a reason to make sure you preschooler gets a power nap…it may help him learn!
Researchers studied a group of 40 preschoolers asking them to play a memory game where they looked at a grid of pictures and then had to remember where they were located.
All of the children took the test two different ways One time they took a nap in-between seeing the grid and taking the memory test and another time they took it after staying awake.
The children did a significantly better job retaining the location of the pictures after taking a nap
The researchers say they hope their findings encourage policy makers to create classroom environments that support sleep.
I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news that matters to you.