Laughter is the best medicine

New research shows that breastfed babies with eczema suffer less when their mothers spend time laughing before feeding them. In this study breastfeeding mothers were shown either a feature length Charlie Chaplin film or footage of weather information. Two feeds later the babies’ allergic reactions were measured. Those whose mothers had laughed had fewer symptoms. The laughing mothers’ milk was found to contain higher levels of melatonin, a hormone associated with relaxation.

Kimata H. 2007. Laughter elevates the levels of breast-milk melatonin. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 62 (6) 699-702.