Laughter improves health effects of breast milk

June 20, 2007

clipped from www.newscientist.com

FAMED for its restorative powers, it now seems that laughter also helps breast milk to fight skin allergies.

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
Kimata also found significantly higher levels of melatonin in the laughing mothers’ milk.
“It would be good to investigate if 15 minutes of laughter a day can reduce allergies in mothers and infants in the long term,” says Michael Miller of the University of Maryland
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