Originally Posted by maya44
My understanding that the study shows that most people have the gene that interplays with breast milk to boost IQ. But not everyone has the gene, and those without it, do not get this one benefit.
If I am reading the IQ article correctly, 90% have at least one copy of the favorable version of the gene.
Regarding the article on asthma, shouldn't it be obvious that "impaired" human lung factors have to be better than pasteurized bovine ones? Especially if this is a "live" substance, pasteurization would kill any in cow milk.
Reuters: Breastmilk helps lungs but not if mom has asthma – 11/1/07http://www.reuters.com/article/healt...071101?sp=true
“For the most part, breast-fed children with non-asthmatic mothers had better lung volume and no decrease in air flow.
But children of mothers with asthma who were breast-fed four months or more did not show any improvement. In fact, these children had a significant reduction in airflow.
The reason, Guilbert suggested, may be altered lung growth.Guilbert believes breast milk may contain certain factors that promote lung development, factors that may be impaired in mothers with asthma.
What I'd like to know is how babies of BF'ing asthmatic moms compare to FF'ing asthmatic moms. I'd also like to know if extended BF'ing makes a difference. I would think it's theoretically possible that the baby of an asthmatic mom that nurses for 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, etc. might have better lung function than the baby of a non asthmatic mom that only nurses for 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, etc.