Charlie Chaplin, Moboleez, Breastfeeding ...

June 15th, 2007 by Diane Sam

 I found this little gem of information from "New Scientist" magazine:

Breastfed babies with eczema experienced milder symptoms if their mothers laughed hours before feeding them, according to a study by Hajime Kimata at the Moriguchi-Keijinkai Hospital in Osaka, Japan.

He showed breastfeeding mothers either a feature length Charlie Chaplin movie or bland footage of weather information, and took samples of breast milk at regular intervals afterwards. Two milk feeds later, he also measured their babies' allergic reactions to dust mites and latex. Those infants whose mothers had laughed had markedly reduced reactions (Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol 62, p 699). All participating babies and some of the mothers suffered from mild atopic eczema - the most common type.

Kimata also found significantly higher levels of melatonin in the laughing mothers' milk. The hormone is associated with relaxation, and levels are reduced in people with eczema.

As a company that is devoted to making the breastfeeding mom smile, we feel particularly proud today! I'm seriously going to try this as my 13 month old has mild eczema and the occasional diaper rash.

 Now, were do I find an old Charlie Chaplin flix .....?

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