May 7, 2021

Why Moms Are Crucial For Our Health

Moms give us much more than the obvious.

Near or far, mothers have an instinct to protect and keep their children close. Beginning on our day of birth, they feed, bathe, and care for us, regardless of the time of day. And though these are all necessary activities in caring for children, we often forget that our moms give us much more than the obvious.

Mother's Day is a time to celebrate the special woman that has shaped us individually.

Mother's Day is a time to celebrate the special woman that has shaped us individually. We owe much of our health and development to our moms. A mother's voice, for example, is critical for developing our language skills and an effective tool to reduce stress and anxiety in young children.
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We owe much of our health and development to our moms. Photo Credit.

In a 2018 study, researchers found an association between language development and temperament in infants and how their mother communicated with them. When mothers used a more extensive and complex vocabulary, attentive babies developed better language skills. These advanced communication skills were detected in children as young as 1.5 years of age. However, this did not influence developing positive personality traits in babies but instead seemed to contribute to developing negative personality traits, like distress to limitations.

Got Milk?

Moms provide the earliest nutrition to their children in the form of milk. It's the primary food source for babies and, just as critical, milk helps babies develop healthy digestive and immune systems.
A recent paper published in Frontiers in Immunology highlighted the importance of human milk for the health and immunity of babies. The authors noted that human milk helps create and strengthen the barriers of the digestive system, making it less susceptible to bacterial attacks. Inadequate digestive barriers cause inflammation in the gut and prevent babies from getting the nutrition they need for proper growth and development.

Breastfeeding helps establish a baby's gut microbiome.

Breastfeeding is also a way to help establish the microbiome of the gut. Human milk contains good bacteria that become part of a baby's gut microbiome and other substances that help these beneficial bacteria to thrive. One of these substances is called human milk oligosaccharides. A high amount of this sugar is found in human milk, and though it has no nutrition for babies, it works as an anti-inflammatory and keeps gut bacteria healthy.
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Human milk contains good bacteria that become part of a baby's gut microbiome. Photo Credit.

A baby's brain and senses are quickly influenced and molded by her environment. These experiences create connections that affect long-term habits and mental well-being. Moms expose their kids to varied stimuli, allowing them to form visual, auditory, and cognitive connections at every age. Whether it be singing a song, reading a book, or giving a big hug, every mom's action contributes to her child's growth and development.
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