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Breast milk analyses show new opportunities for reducing risk of childhood obesity
The composition of breast milk in normal weight mothers differs from that of overweight mothers, and variations in small molecule metabolites found in breast milk are possible risk factors for childhood obesity. (2019-04-10)
Is maternal vaccination safe during breastfeeding?
In light of the continuing anti-vaccination movement, a provocative new article provides a comprehensive overview of the potential risks of vaccinating breastfeeding women. (2019-04-10)
Identifying a key player in gut defense development
Scientists have identified a protein critical to the immune system development and antibody production in mice, which could contribute to understanding the gut defense mechanism in infants. (2019-04-07)
Tailoring lactation education to the cultural needs of orthodox Jewish families
In a new article published in The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, nurse researchers examine Orthodox Jewish practices related to the provision of human milk and breastfeeding for a sick newborn. (2019-04-05)
Can human breast milk reduce intestinal injury following bone marrow transplant?
A new pilot study compared the use of human breast milk to formula in children less than five years of age who underwent bone marrow transplant, measuring the levels of inflammatory and pro-inflammatory biomarkers in the stool and blood to assess inflammatory injury to the intestinal microbiome. (2019-04-04)
Study focuses on link between child feeding and health among Marshallese immigrants
A recent study of child-feeding habits among Marshallese in Arkansas is a step toward lowering rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, which affect this population at higher rates than the US population in general. (2019-03-26)
C-sections are seen as breastfeeding barrier in US, but not in other global communities
Amanda Veile, an assistant professor of anthropology at Purdue University, and her team report that indigenous mothers in farming communities in Yucatán, Mexico, breastfeed for about 1.5 months longer following cesarean deliveries than they do following vaginal deliveries. (2019-03-21)
CDC researchers report on trends in hospital breastfeeding policies
A new study from the CDC showed modest improvement in optimal hospital breastfeeding policy from 2009 to 2015, with more than 2 times as many hospitals having a model breastfeeding policy and increases in early initiation of breastfeeding and limitation of non-breast milk feeds of breastfed infants. (2019-03-18)
Breastfeeding can erase effects of prenatal violence for newborns
Notre Dame researchers found that breastfeeding through the first six weeks of life acts as a protective factor, effectively negating the risk of IPV the mother experienced during pregnancy on early infant difficult temperament. (2019-03-18)
Australian study links breastfeeding with lower risk of heart disease
Mothers who breastfeed their babies have a lower risk of developing or dying from heart disease than those who don't breastfeed, finds new research from the University of Sydney, Australia. (2019-03-18)
Is infant temperament associated with future risk of childhood obesity?
This observational study looked at whether the temperament of infants born to mothers with gestational diabetes was associated with future risk of childhood obesity at ages 2 to 5 years. (2019-03-11)
College campuses are thinking about lactation spaces -- but could be doing more
Breastfeeding mothers in higher-education environments can typically find a place to pump, but only recently have institutions begun to prioritize access to this resource. (2019-03-11)
Mom-to-mom phone calls lift breastfeeding rate
A new study finds regular phone calls between mothers can boost breastfeeding rates. (2019-03-05)
New study indicates early-term infants can succeed at breastfeeding
Researchers have determined that healthy premature babies can have as much success breastfeeding as full-term babies. (2019-02-27)
Exclusive breastfeeding lowers odds of some schoolchildren having eczema
Children exclusively breastfed for the first three months of life had significantly lower odds of having eczema at age 6 compared with peers who were not breastfed or were breastfed for less time, according to preliminary research presented during the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2019 Annual Meeting. (2019-02-23)
Intervention can boost rates of exclusive breastfeeding
Providing additional support to women in Burkina Faso can boost rates of exclusive breastfeeding. (2019-02-15)
Researchers compare the effect of breastfeeding versus pumping on human milk microbiome
A large-scale analysis in humans published February 13, 2019 in the journal Cell Host & Microbe suggests that the milk microbiota is affected by bacteria both from the infant's mouth and from environmental sources such as breast pumps, although future research will be needed to assess the effects that these changes may have on the infant gut microbiome and infant health. (2019-02-13)
Human milk is a 'life-saving intervention' for infants with congenital heart disease
With a lower risk of serious complications and improved feeding and growth outcomes, human milk is strongly preferred as the best diet for infants with congenital heart disease (CHD), according to a research review in Advances in Neonatal Care, official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. (2019-01-30)
Delaying newborn baths increases rates of breastfeeding
While it has been standard practice for decades to whisk newborns off to a bath within the first few hours of their birth, a new Cleveland Clinic study found that waiting to bathe a healthy newborn 12 or more hours after birth increased the rate of breastfeeding exclusivity during the newborn hospital stay. (2019-01-21)
Improved maternity care practices decrease racial gaps in breastfeeding in the US South
A new paper published in Pediatrics links successful implementation of Baby-Friendly™ practices in the southern US with increases in breastfeeding rates and improved, evidence-based care. (2019-01-18)
Some pregnant women don't believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus
Up to one-third of pregnant women do not believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus, according to a new review by UBC researchers. (2019-01-18)
Resisting the exploitation of black women's reproductive labor in the United States
In 'Milk Money: Race, Gender, and Breast Milk 'Donation,'' published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Laura Harrison demonstrates the exploitative, racially charged nature of Milk Money, a failed pilot program by the Mothers Milk Cooperative and Medolac Laboratories. (2019-01-18)
Long-term breastfeeding sheds light on whether an infant becomes right- or left-handed
Bottle feeding infants is associated with left-handedness, according to a new study from the University of Washington. (2019-01-07)
The Lancet Child & Ado. Health: Caring for preterm babies in single family rooms may help prevent sepsis and improve exclusive breastfeeding
Caring for preterm babies in single family rooms appears to reduce the incidence of sepsis and improve exclusive breastfeeding rates compared with traditional open ward neonatal units, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal. (2019-01-07)
Stress in new mothers causes lasting health risks, depending on race, ethnicity, poverty
African-American women undergo more physical 'wear-and-tear' during the first year after giving birth than Latina and white women, a consequence that may have long-lasting health effects, according to a study of a diverse group of more than 2,400 low-income women. (2018-12-14)
Breastfeeding for more than 6 months associated with smaller maternal waist circumference
Breastfeeding for more than 6 months was found to be independently associated with smaller waist circumference in the decade after delivery among women in the POUCHmoms Study. (2018-12-14)
CEASE program increases smoking cessation assistance provided to breastfeeding mothers
A study led by MassGeneral Hospital for Children researchers demonstrates that an MGHfC-developed program designed to help the parents of pediatric patients quit smoking can increase the provision of such assistance to breastfeeding mothers. (2018-12-05)
Women in hospital medicine face major obstacles
Women in hospital medicine face major obstacles during pregnancy, parental leave and returning to work, prompting a discussion about gender equity in medicine, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. (2018-12-03)
Pregnancy losses linked with increased risk of cardiovascular disease
Women who experience pregnancy loss and do not go on to have children are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke, compared with women who have only one or two children, according to new research from the University of Cambridge and the University of North Carolina. (2018-11-29)
Breast milk & babies' saliva shape oral microbiome
Newborn breastfed babies' saliva combines with breastmilk to release antibacterial compounds that help to shape the bacterial communities (microbiota) in babies' mouths, biomedical scientists have found. (2018-11-08)
Report finds inequity may slow progress in preventing child pneumonia and diarrhea deaths
A new report finds health systems are falling woefully short of ensuring the most vulnerable children have sufficient access to prevention and treatment services in 15 countries that account for 70% of the global pneumonia and diarrhea deaths in children under five. (2018-11-08)
Study: At-risk mothers receive less support, information on breastfeeding
University of Illinois postdoctoral research associate Carolyn Sutter found in a recent study that women who are at greater risk of breastfeeding cessation -- including single mothers, those with less education and mothers enrolled in the WIC program -- may have less access to resources that could provide helpful information and assistance. (2018-11-05)
To ward off fatty liver, breast is best for mom
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Kaiser Permanente have discovered that mothers who breastfed a child or children for six months or more are at lower risk for developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) years later during mid-life. (2018-11-01)
Babies born at home have more diverse, beneficial bacteria, study finds
Infants born at home have more diverse bacteria in their guts and feces, which may affect their developing immunity and metabolism, according to a study in Scientific Reports. (2018-10-31)
Researchers discover earliest recorded lead exposure in 250,000-year-old Neanderthal teeth
Using evidence found in teeth from two Neanderthals from southeastern France, researchers from the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai report the earliest evidence of lead exposure in an extinct human-like species from 250,000 years ago. (2018-10-31)
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)
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