In western countries and those countries influenced by western eating habits, coconut oil has recently risen to superfood status. Coconut oil has invaded our supermarkets, with barely a food or drink category untouched. Various claims have been made for different coconut products, such as coconut milk, virgin coconut oil, and coconut cream.
Mental health issues are not luxury or exclusive problems. They are serious issues many people of all ages around the world struggle with. October 10th is World Mental Health Day 2018 and the focus this year is on young people. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is “no health without mental health.” That is true. If you are struggling with mental health issues then they will affect your quality of life, your enjoyment of life, and your ability to perform and contribute. Therefore, mental health is something we must take seriously as a society, as a church, and as individuals.
An Australian observational study followed more than 5000 children from infancy to 11 years old--approximately 4700 were ever breast fed. Infants whose mothers drank alcohol while breast-feeding had lower cognitive scores by age 6. These differences were no longer significant by age 10-11, and were independent of prenatal alcohol use.
PositiveTip: Alcohol use while breastfeeding can significantly impair the mother's ability to self-regulate and make safe choices for herself and/or her child.