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In a message dated 1/18/1 1:39:58 AM, [log in to unmask] writes:

<< Once exposed to ethanol, migrating neurons stop in their tracks and never
move again, this is the cause of brain disorganization in fetal alcohol
syndrome.  We do not know the affect of ethanol on synapse formation, which
is at it's highest rate during the first 3 mos postpartum. >>

In the most recent issue of the newsletter of the Association of Pre and
Perinatal Psychologists, there was a report of a study from Italy. According
to the report, researchers found that beginning at 5 weeks gestation, cells
similar to neurotransmitters begin to migrate to the medula of the mother. At
birth a large number of stem cells make this migration. When I read this, I
was thrilled, feeling how validating this research is for mother's intuition.
It also gives insight into the life-long connection between birth mother's
and the babies they give up for adoption. These cells have been found in
mothers 30 years after giving birth. But, some questions come to mind. Is
there a difference in the function of these cells in mothers who do and do
not breastfeed? Is there an effect on these migrating cells from drugs used
in labor? How are these cells affected by alcohol use in pregnancy?
Jennifer Tow, IBCLC, CT, USA

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