Wed. May 22nd, 2019

Breastfeeding Erases Effects of Prenatal Aggression for Newborns

Infants tendency to adjust in this world shortly after birth depends on various factors, mainly being the conditions they underwent while in the mother’s uterus. One out of every four women are likely to face Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in their lives according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and this risk rises during their pregnancy. However, some long term studies have been done in order to observe the result of Intimate Partner Violence during pregnancy.

The authors of the study, Miller-Graff, and Scheid write that the latest research sugests that continued breastfeeding in reality reduces the risk of intergenerated IPV’s conferral on the danger of infant adjustment. They also said that the defensive role of breastfeeding is a promising area of intervention given that the breastfeeding education and support has already been embedded in many health systems that women might connect with during their pregnancy.

Miller-Graff noted that both the studies showed that exposing more women that are victims of IVP and increasing support for breastfeeding might have a strong impact  on public health

Miller-Graff further wrote in the study, “While asking women to provide intimate details of their relationships and their babies’ health isn’t easy, Notre Dame partners with a number of excellent nonprofits that provide services for underprivileged women. Not all women see themselves as living in a violent relationship. Recruiting for such studies is a delicate and slow process. There are a lot of safety considerations for women, including helping participating women avoid having to explain their participation to a violent partner.”

Scheid and Miller-Graff have observed that evaluating the potential of protective effects of breastfeeding may be specifically relevant and may also have a lot of significance in public health.  The amount of preventative measures is relatively invaluable as compared to either more intensive parenting interventions during pregnancy or the postpartum mental health guidance for women and children.