Laughter Makes Breast Milk Healthier
June 14, 2007
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According to a new study, breastfed babies with eczema experienced milder symptoms if their mothers laughed hours before feeding them.
Breastfeeding mothers were shown either a Charlie Chaplin movie or weather information, and samples of their breast milk were taken at regular intervals afterwards.
Their babies" allergic reactions to dust mites and latex was also measured two milk feeds afterwards.
Infants whose mothers laughed had markedly reduced allergic reactions. There were also significantly higher levels of melatonin in the laughing mothers" milk.
Melatonin, which is associated with relaxation, tends to have reduced levels in people with eczema.
Journal of Psychosomatic Research June 2007;62(6):699-702
NewScientist.com June 16, 2007
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