We know at this point, all of the praises that can be sung about breastfeeding a newborn. We know that breast is best and all that good stuff. However, a new study is sharing some new breakthroughs about breastfeeding and it's incredibly impression role in helping newborns cope and erase any signs of parental violence that happened while they were in utero.
If you've never heard of intimate partner violence or IPV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 4 women in the U.S. experience this during their pregnancies. Until now, not many studies have been done on the topic, so having this data can definitely help new mothers ease any struggles their newborns are facing linked to it.
The findings of the study, which was gathered by William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Assistant Professor of Psychology Laura Miller-Graff shows that breastfeeding during the first six weeks of life acts as a protective factor in a sense.
Breastfeeding helps to offset the risk of IPV the mother experienced while she was pregnant. A key indicator that a baby is experiencing issues is poor temperament, typically from fussiness or not being able to soothe themselves.
They even went onto share how breastfeeding acts as a protective role and that this area of intervention will play a big role in the support and education given to women in most health systems during their pregnancy.
The study was done through attaining pretty intimate information about the relationships of the women involved. This in was accumulated by Notre Dame which partners with a number of nonprofits that provide services for underprivileged women. Because many women don't view themselves as being in violent relationships, getting women involved has been both a slow and delicate process.
Under the Affordable Care Act, women are able to receive IPV screenings so they are able to get preventable care. However, the hard part will be breaking the barriers for the medical service providers doing the screenings as there isn't much guidance at this point on this topic.