FOUR BIOLOGICAL STEPS In Childhood Development;
We often suggest steps to help children have happy lives . But most don't take into consideration our biological needs. Here are 4 that I believe, should be included.
1. Vaginal birth.
2. Breast feeding
1. The mother transfers her gut bacteria to the child through vaginal birth. If the newborn is denied that type of birth, then that child does not have the full gut biome he needs. This gene transfer of gut bacteria may even be a source of natural selection.
2. I tend to think that breast feeding would solve many many problems that a majority of the world is having from being denied breast feeding. It's the closest thing we have to a magic elixir.
World Health Organization says: If every child was breastfed within an hour of birth, given only breast milk for their first six months of life, and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two years, about 800 000 child lives would be saved every year. Globally, less than 40% of infants under six months of age are exclusively breastfed.
3. I also am beginning to think that weaning is very important. This loss of breast milk, may be a biological step - albeit a traumatic one - to trigger the infant to start his own immune system and to learn how to conserve needed fats. Those fed with formula, don't have these steps.
4. There is also the trauma of puberty for every child. That's as big a trauma for humans as it is for caterpillars turning into butterflies.
So, don't forget these 4 biological steps. They may be more important than we can even imagine.
(editor of the 21 year old zine Musea)