Breastfeeding Improves IQ

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that breastfed infants tested 5.2 IQ points higher than formula fed infants, for a comprehensive study involving 11 different studies and over 7000 children.
The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and was performed by University of Kentucky nutritionist James Anderson.
“Our study confirms that breast-feeding is accompanied by about a five-points higher IQ than in bottle-fed infants,” Anderson said.
Within that increase, Anderson and associates were able to separate the benefits from mother-infant bonding from the purely nutritional benefits of human milk.
“Our best estimates are that maternal bonding and the decision to breast-feed account for about 40 percent of that increase, but that 60 percent — 3.2 points — are related to the actual nutritional value of the breast milk,” he said.
The link between breast-feeding and brain development has been well established in recent years, but the reasons for it remain controversial. Some researchers believe the link is based on the fact that well-educated, wealthier women breast-feed far more than poor and less educated women. Consequently, breast-fed children will be found to test better for all the reasons that wealthier children from high social classes test better on standardized tests. But others believe there are chemicals in breast milk that encourage brain development, and that those chemicals are now absent in formula. In particular, extensive research is under way into the effects of several Omega-3 fatty acids – docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA) – that are prevalent in breast milk but absent in infant formula.
Therefore Anderson’s group weighed and subtracted 15 factors from their study, such as maternal smoking and education, birth weight, birth order and family income. After all these factors were removed, the researchers still found that breast-fed babies tested 3.1 IQ points higher than formula-fed babies!
Among the rights of infants is that the mother breast-feeds her baby. Breast-feeding her baby is incumbent. It is not permissible for a mother to deny her baby this Allah-given right without a valid reason. Bottle-feeding does not compensate for this violation of the baby’s haqq. Now we see from the above article the benefits of following Allah’s commands. There is Divine Wisdom in all of the commandments of Allah. It is just for us to follow and obey.

Mothers’ Milk

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) was born at a time when it was customary among the wealthy of the Quraysh tribe to have their babies nursed by Bedouins around Makkah. It was believed that a Bedouin wet-nurse gave a strong physical constitution to the child, as well as the easy manners of the desert Arabs (Bashier, p.51). The free open-air life of the desert and a clean and healthy environment clean for the mother contributed towards the provision of a complete and nourishing food…milk (el-Geyoushi, p.40). The Prophet of Allah (saw) gained much from the milk of his wet-nurse, Halima.

An important period of bonding between mother and child, the process of breast-feeding, soothes the baby – new to the strange noises, smells and sensations of this world. It brings warmth, love, and security to the new child; but just as importantly, it brings complete nutrition, immunity and health protection. This is because breast milk, Allah’s intended food for babies, is nature’s perfect “formula”. Man-made formulas will never replace what Allah has created.

Breast milk allows the baby’s immune and digestive systems to develop and be nourished before the baby begins taking on more complex foods. It also provides increased immunity. “Breast fed babies have a health advantage over those given formula because of the immunity factors in human milk. Some researchers have gone so far as to call the human mammary gland or breast, an immunologic organ. It’s like Mother Nature guards her newborns with an infection-fighting elixir designed to safely carry them through the first few years of life” (Aesoph, p. 2).

So far, scientists have divided the not-completely-understood agents of human milk into three categories:

1. Germ fighters
2. Inflammation Soothers
3. Immune System Enhancers (Aesoph, p. 2).

Breast milk composition even changes throughout the day and the baby’s growth in order to fit the needs of the child. For instance, a mother with a premature baby has different milk, more suited for her child’s needs, than a mother who gives birth to a full-term baby.

Formula baby foods can never reproduce this quality that Allah (swt) has blessed women with. Cow’s milk, often the base of man-made formulas, frequently causes lactose-intolerance. There also seems to be a relationship between colic in breast-fed infants and the cows’ milk drunk by their mothers (Colbie, p.156). Furthermore, many children are allergic to the alternative soy-based formulas recently being sold; many minerals and vitamins are hard for babies to digest in synthetic form. For instance, the minerals zinc and iron are easier to absorb when taken in human milk.

Perhaps this is why studies consistently show that nursed children are healthier in general, suffering less from allergies, eczema, diarrhea, and skin disorders due to the immunity factor in human milk. In places like the Chinese province of Hubei, babies are taller and weigh more the longer they are breast-fed (Aesoph, p.1). Breast milk also contains antibodies to protect babies against salmonella, E. Coli, candida and botulism; and help in the defense against polio and respiratory infections. Antimicrobes in human milk ease inflammation and fight bacteria, whereas cow’s milk in humans nurtures harmful bacteria.

A study by a Finnish scientist used 237 healthy children to discover that the longer an infant was nursed the fewer ear infections they had. This fact was taken even further if the child received no supplementation other than mothers’ milk. When a baby is taken off human milk and given formula, an allergy may develop to the cow’s milk in the formula. Sometimes, cow’s milk irritates the Eustachian tube that connects the ear to the throat (Aesoph, p.2). Researchers have also noticed that people who were breast-fed as infants are less likely to get diabetes, Crohn’s disease (a digestive disorder) and some types of cancer.

Obesity is another health problem that is less prevalent in breast-fed babies. Recent research by Matthew Gillman looked at 15,000 children and found that there is a lower risk of being overweight by age 14 in breast fed children. Gillman’s logical explanation was that babies who breast-fed regularly regulated their own food intake and stopped eating when were full; while a bottle-fed baby may continue to eat more, feeding until the bottle is empty. One can liken human milk to organic/fresh foods that provide more bulk in the stomach; whereas formula is more like processed foods that don’t satisfy the hunger because they provide less bulk. Gillman also found that the mother’s weight played a role. Thinner mothers were more likely than heavy mothers to breast-feed, and for longer periods (McKeown, p.1, 2).

British researchers found that, in addition to better health, mother’s milk increases IQ’s. They tracked 300 children until they were seven or eight years old. Children who were nursed had IQ’s 8.3 points higher than formula fed babies (Aesoph, p.2).

We try to provide the best we can and make the most of what Allah (swt) blessed us with. Therefore we should continue that effort, especially when it is in the best interests of our children.

Sources:

Aesoph, Lauri, M. “Breast Milk: The Perfect Food”. Delicious! Magazine. 08/01/01.

Bashier, Zakaria. “The Makkan Crucible.” Britain: The Islamic Foundation. 1991.

Colbie, Annmarie. “Food & Healing.” US: Ballantine Books. 1996.

El-Geyoushi, Muhammad, I. “The Life of the Prophet. Vol:1.” Britain: Alam Printing Services. 1986.

McKeown, L, A. “Breastfeeding May Protect Kids From Obesity.” Health WebMD. 08/14/01.

EVERYTHING HAS ITS ATHR

Everything, animate or inanimate, exercises an athr (impression / influence ) . Rasulullah ( S a l l a l l a h u a l a y h i wasallam) said: “Do not allow humaqaa’ (ignorant women) to breast feed (your infants), for verily milk is contagious.”
The effect is both physical and spiritual. In this Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) relates the contagiousness to hamaaqah (being stupid /imbecile / foolish). The primary consequence of the hamaaqah of the woman will be the effect of hamaaqah in the child she breast feeds, and this is not a physical disease.
Thus the contagiousness mentioned in this Hadith refers to a spiritual/intellectual malady even if the woman is physically healthy.
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had also forbidden sitting on the skins of wild animals regardless of such skins being pure and permissible for use after they have been treated for the expulsion of all moisture.
Almost every Nabi prior to the publication of his Nubuwwat (Prophethood) was made a shepherd by Allah Ta’ala, never a camel-herd or a cattle-herd. The reason for the profession of being a shepherd, is that humility is a natural attribute of sheep which is lacking in camels and cattle. Association with goats and sheep exercises the effect of humility in human beings.
From these examples, the detrimental and harmful physical, moral and spiritual effects of blood transfusion and organ ansplants should be quite understandable.
The article in this regard appearing on page 11 confirms this reality.
Even atheist scientists have established by their own methods the reality of athr.

1 in 10 transplant patients inherit the personalities of their organ donors

Leading scientist claims consciousness lives on after death By Rachel Ellis, London
The transplant was a success. Then the donor came to take it back. That was the premise
of the 1991 film Body Parts, in which Jeff Fahey plays a man who loses his arm in a car accident. The arm of an executed death row inmate is grafted on in its place. The only problem is Fahey soon discovers that the arm is possessed by a force he cannot control.
A leading scientist claims he has proof that patients who undergo major organ transplants can inherit the personalities of their donors.
Gary Schwartz, a professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, says he has details of 70 cases where this controversial phenomenon has occurred. And he claims that it affects at least 10% of people who have a heart, lung, kidney or liver transplant. (This is according to the findings of the limited testing of the scientist. From the Ahaadith it is clear that such ‘inheritance’ is an almost certainty.- The Majlis)
The theory that personality and character traits can be transferred via an organ transplant has existed for some time, but most scientists have ridiculed the notion. (This
theory has been confirmed by Rasulullah –sallallahu alayhi wasallam – more than fourteen centuries ago. The ridiculers are morons in whose brains Allah Ta’ala has cast rijs –filth which has disturbed their thinking process. – The Majlis)
Schwartz now claims to have evidence that in the most extreme cases patients adopt a donor’s taste in food, take up the same interests and pastimes, and even develop talents that the donor possessed. (In the same way patients adopt the fisq, fujoor and kufr of the
‘donors’ of the organs and the blood. – The Majlis)
In one case, a woman who had been healthconscious and calm began craving fast food and became aggressive, just like the biker whose heart and lungs she received. In another, a sevenyear- old girl had nightmares about being killed after being given the heart of a girl who had been murdered. Schwartz will present his findings at a holistic living conference in London next weekend, titled Icons of the Field. Critics put such events down to chance, the trauma of the surgery or the side-effects of the drugs that transplant patients have to take. (The critics are morons influenced by the devil. – The Majlis)
But Schwartz, who is also a professor of medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery and has published more than 400 scientific papers, said that all transplant patients should be warned that there is a chance they will inherit the personality of a donor. (Most certainly they will. It is not merely a ‘chance’. – The Majlis)
‘It is a big ethical question, but I believe transplant patients should be told there is a possibility that they will take on a donor’s characteristics. Then they can have a choice. “They can decide what is important: being active and being with their family, but with the chance that they might take on some traits of the donor that they might not like.” he said.
Our research shows that about ten per cent of patients will inherit some of a donor’s characteristics. It could even be higher, because most patients are afraid to share their experiences,” Schwartz said. “I don’t want to frighten people, but to make it more acceptable for them to share what is happening to them. If this is a real phenomenon, we shouldn’t ignore it and it requires further scientific study.”
Schwartz’s claims are based on the theory that all major organs develop a certain amount of memory. In a transplant, this memory can be transferred-from one person to another. (What he describes as ‘memory’ is in fact athr which is inherent in all things. – The Majlis)
He explained: “When the organ is placed in the recipient, the information and energy stored in the organ is passed on to the recipient. The stories we have uncovered are compelling and completely consistent with this systematic memory hypothesis.”
Since starting his research in the ‘80s, Schwartz has attracted widespread criticism from the medical establishment.
In one startling experiment, he claimed to prove that consciousness lives on after we die. (The kuffaar medical establishment is fundamentally atheist and satanic, hence the criticism. Their brains are polluted with satanism.
– The Majlis)