In a new study of the Filipino women, it was established that the breastfeeding women or nursing mothers tend to give more importance to their partner, want to have more sex with him than merely focusing on the child as was believed.
The study has reversed the long-held belief that during the first weeks after a woman has given birth, sex is last in their priority list as the child takes away more time and attention. Instead, they show signs of more sex drive than before, said the study.
Doctors from the University of Colorado examined why some women who breastfeed spend more time for their partners.
They examined 260 females aged between 18 and 35 from the Philippines, of whom 155 were breastfeeding. They were asked about their sex lives, menstrual cycles and their relationship satisfaction levels.
Previous studies held that women are more likely to devote at least 6 weeks of time to their new baby than to their partner, making relationship more of parenting efforts than mating efforts.
The researchers attribute it to the primal instinct for women to having more sex in a bid to maintain their relationship with their partner and make sure that the child grows up in a stable environment.
In contrast, women who reported their relationship satisfaction levels to be lower with their partners had actually spent more time for the baby than their partners.
Lead author of the study Michelle Escasa-Dorne says, “Even though a breastfeeding woman may not be sexually proactive, she may respond favourably when her partner initiates sexual activity.
Maintaining the relationship may be important if one’s current partner is beneficial to the partnership and to the tasks of parenting.”
Escasa-Dorne studied Filipino women from a society with a low divorce rate inidcating how they adapt to being a mother and lover too.
Essentially, the mother in her prompts to buy peace with her partner, giving him full satisfaction as a quid pro cuo from him to make the home happy and let the child grow with more attention and love. The study has been published in Springer’s journal Human Nature.