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Survey: Few women told by doctor that breastfeeding can reduce cancer risk
With many infant formulas on the market promising the same benefits as breast milk, more women may forgo breastfeeding. (2018-10-25)
California and New Jersey family leave policies improve breastfeeding rates for some women
Partially paid family leave policies in California and New Jersey helped increase breastfeeding in those states, a new analysis from UC San Francisco has found, but rates increased most among higher-income women who could afford to take more time off from work. (2018-10-25)
Researchers identify three distinct stages in infant microbiome development
In the largest clinical microbiome study in infants reported to date, a team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine explored the sequence of microbial colonization in the infant gut through age 4 and found distinct stages of development in the microbiome that were associated with early life exposures. (2018-10-24)
Importance of infant diet in establishing a healthy gut
A child has until the age of two-and-a-half to establish healthy gut bacteria -- with little change after this point, new research has revealed. (2018-10-24)
Study confirms association between breastfeeding and lower risk of maternal hypertension
A new systematic review of the literature not only confirmed that breastfeeding for as short as 1-4 months can have a protective affect against high blood pressure in women, but that lactation also can protect women across an extended follow-up of years to decades. (2018-10-23)
Parent educational tools on pain relief help reduce babies' vaccination distress
Information provided to new parents in hospital about how to alleviate pain for their babies during vaccination resulted in more frequent use of pain interventions at future infant vaccinations, reports a study published in CMAJ. (2018-10-22)
Breastfeeding protects infants from antibiotic-resistant bacteria
A new study shows that infants that are breastfed for at least six months have less antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their gut compared with babies breastfed for a shorter time. (2018-10-17)
More clues revealed in link between normal breast changes and invasive breast cancer
A research team, led by investigators from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, details how a natural and dramatic process -- changes in mammary glands to accommodate breastfeeding -- uses a molecular process believed to contribute to survival of pre-malignant breast cells. (2018-10-15)
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) put to the test
Per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) are industrially manufactured substances which do not occur naturally. (2018-09-26)
Breastfeeding changes gene activity that may make babies less reactive to stress
It has long been known that there are many physical and mental health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies. (2018-09-26)
Study shows link between breastfeeding and infant health is not straight-forward
Results from new study suggest that the benefits of breastfeeding reported in the vast majority of prior research could be influenced by the mother's characteristics, such as what they know about health and nutrition. (2018-09-25)
Fish-rich diets may boost babies' brain development
Women could enhance the development of their unborn child's eyesight and brain function by regularly eating fatty fish during pregnancy. (2018-09-20)
Women who breastfeed for at least five months have more kids
Cornell University professor of sociology Vida Maralani found in new research that women who breastfeed their first child for five months or longer are more likely to have three of more children, and less likely to have only one child. (2018-09-19)
Marijuana found in breast milk up to six days after use
To better understand how much marijuana or constituent compounds actually get into breast milk and how long it remains, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine conducted a study, publishing online Aug. (2018-08-27)
Pregnant women with heart disease should give birth at no later than 40 weeks gestation
Pregnant women with heart disease should give birth at no later than 40 weeks gestation. (2018-08-25)
Researchers outline risk factors for facial gangrene
Noma, a rare disease found predominantly in underserved areas, causes progressive destruction, or gangrene, of the tissues of the face and jaw within just the span of one week. (2018-08-23)
Breastfeeding may help protect mothers against stroke
Breastfeeding was associated with a lower risk of stroke in post-menopausal women who reported breastfeeding at least one child. (2018-08-22)
How many American cities protect the rights of employed breastfeeding mothers?
Research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found that, among the 151 largest cities in the United States, only Philadelphia and New York City have local legislation that protects a nursing mother who returns to work outside the home and who wants to continue breastfeeding. (2018-08-15)
Breastfeeding in Germany from a scientific viewpoint
Is breastfeeding really better? The intense debate on this question has been going on for decades -- and is often controversial and emotionally discussed. (2018-08-10)
New study shows smoking can affect breastfeeding habits
Researchers at UBC Okanagan have determined that new mothers exposed to cigarette smoke in their homes, stop breastfeeding sooner than women not exposed to second-hand smoke. (2018-08-02)
CHOP nurse-researcher presents the Spatz 10-Step System as national model for breastfeeding
Mothers of critically ill infants may not receive necessary breastfeeding support, because their babies may be taken directly to a newborn intensive care unit or to surgery. (2018-07-31)
Here's why it's important to support your breastfeeding co-workers
Support from female co-workers may be even more important to new moms who are breastfeeding than getting encouragement from their significant others, close friends and relatives, says a new study. (2018-07-11)
What is association of infant sleep, early introduction of solid foods?
Infants waking during the night is a reason some British mothers introduce solid foods earlier than recommended by the British government, which advises exclusive breastfeeding for about six months. (2018-07-09)
Screening for postpartum depression in the emergency department
Lenore Jarvis, M.D., M.Ed.: Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth, occurring in up to 20 percent of mothers and having significant implications for the mother, her baby and the entire family. (2018-06-29)
Breastfeeding mothers stop nursing sooner when living with smokers
Nursing mothers who live with two or more smokers are more likely to stop breastfeeding sooner than those who live in nonsmoking households. (2018-06-27)
Anger overlooked as feature of postnatal mood disorders: UBC study
Women in the postpartum period should be screened for anger in addition to depression and anxiety, new research from the University of British Columbia suggests. (2018-06-26)
What nipple size means for evolutionary biology
Nipple size varies markedly from woman to woman, whereas male nipples are more uniform. (2018-06-26)
The latest science on breastfeeding
Guidelines recommend breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for most babies. (2018-06-09)
Maternal fatty acid balance affects offspring obesity thorough gut microbial population
A Massachusetts General Hospital study finds that the balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the tissues of female mammals, which previous research has suggested can impact the incidence of obesity in their offspring, may to do so through its effect on the microbial population of the infant's gastrointestinal tract. (2018-06-05)
Non-pharmacologic approaches improve outcomes for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome
A quality improvement (QI) initiative at Boston Medical Center that focused on using non-pharmacologic approaches to care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) yielded positive short-term outcomes for both the mothers and infants. (2018-06-04)
Federal home visiting program can be improved to better meet needs of families
Compared with other countries, the United States often falls short on many maternal and child health outcomes. (2018-05-31)
Swabbing cesarean-born babies with vaginal fluids potentially unsafe and unnecessary
'Vaginal seeding,' whereby cesarean-delivered babies are immediately swabbed with the mother's vaginal fluids, is unjustified and potentially unsafe, finds a comprehensive scientific review of this practice. (2018-05-30)
First time guidance on treating red diaper syndrome in otherwise healthy breastfed infants
A case study and subsequent literature review has concluded that absent signs of clinical infection, breastfeeding should continue normally when mother and baby are diagnosed with Red Diaper Syndrome (pink-colored breast milk and pink-colored soiled diapers) caused by Serratia marcescens, an opportunistic bacteria. (2018-05-29)
Study examines impact of extended maternity leave on breastfeeding in active duty mothers
This study evaluates the effects of prolongation of maternity leave duration on the initiation and duration of breastfeeding in active duty mothers at a single military treatment facility. (2018-05-05)
SWAT team of immune cells found in mother's milk
Immune cells that are ready to take action against invaders like bacteria have been found in women's breast milk, researchers say. (2018-05-03)
Special series examines the use of pasteurized donor human milk for vulnerable infants
If the use of mother's own milk is contraindicated (such as with a HIV positive mothers) or if a mother is unable to produce enough milk to meet her infant's needs, pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) is the recommended alternative. (2018-04-23)
NAS review: More research needed to develop optimal assessment, treatment standards
A recent JAMA review article stresses that more clinical studies on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) are needed in order to develop and implement optimal assessment, diagnosis and treatment guidelines. (2018-04-03)
Study challenges previous findings that antidepressants affect breastfeeding
New research does not support the previously observed negative impacts of antidepressant use on breastfeeding. (2018-03-26)
Mothers living with food insecurity less likely to breastfeed exclusively to 6 months
Mothers with babies living in households with food insecurity -- inadequate or unpredictable access to food because of financial issues -- are less likely to breastfeed exclusively to the recommended six months, found a study published in CMAJ. (2018-03-19)
Women with food insecurity less likely to breastfeed: U of T study
Researchers from the University of Toronto have shown that women who struggle to afford food are less able to sustain breastfeeding than those who are food-secure -- even though women in both groups start the practice at about the same rate. (2018-03-19)
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