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Opioid use disorder in pregnancy: 5 things to know
Opioid use is increasing in pregnancy as well as the general population. (2019-09-23)
Study shows Texas leads in worksite lactation support initiatives
Texas is ranked in the top quarter of the US for its worksite lactation support initiatives, according to research led by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. (2019-09-18)
Later puberty and later menopause associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes in women, while use of contraceptive pill and longer time between periods associated with higher risk
New research presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Barcelona, Spain (16-20 Sept) shows that use of the contraceptive pill and longer menstrual cycles are associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D), while later puberty and later menopause are associated with lower risk. (2019-09-16)
How babies absorb calcium could be key to treating osteoporosis in seniors
New research reveals the mechanism that allows breastfeeding babies to absorb large amounts of calcium and build healthy bones -- a discovery that could lead to treatment for osteoporosis and other bone diseases later in life. (2019-09-10)
First human ancestors breastfed for longer than contemporary relatives
By analyzing the fossilized teeth of some of our most ancient ancestors, a team of scientists led by the universities of Bristol (UK) and Lyon (France) have discovered that the first humans significantly breastfed their infants for longer periods than their contemporary relatives. (2019-08-29)
Association between coeliac disease risk and gluten intake confirmed
An extensive study has confirmed that the risk of developing coeliac disease is connected to the amount of gluten children consume. (2019-08-14)
Open-label study of a vaginal ring for HIV prevention suggests women want and will use it
Results of an open-label study of vaginal ring intended to be used for a month at a time found the majority of participants wanted the ring being offered, with measures of adherence also indicating they are willing to use it to protect themselves against HIV. (2019-07-23)
Despite progress, only 3 African nations expected to meet global breastfeeding goal
Only three African countries are expected to meet the global target for exclusive breastfeeding, 'an unparalleled source of nutrition for newborns and infants, no matter where they are born,' according to a global health expert. (2019-07-22)
Early human species' teeth provide insight into evolution of breastfeeding
Mount Sinai researchers working as part of an international team have discovered previously unknown breastfeeding patterns of an extinct early human species by studying their 2-million-year-old teeth, providing insights into the evolution of human breastfeeding practices, according to a study published in Nature in July. (2019-07-15)
Study questions if tongue-tie surgery for breastfeeding is always needed
New research raises questions as to whether too many infants are getting tongue-tie and lip tether surgery (also called frenulectomy) to help improve breastfeeding, despite limited medical evidence supporting the procedure. (2019-07-11)
Milk and dairy products can help prevent chronic disease
Ángel Gil, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Granada, has recently coordinated a study reviewing worldwide scientific literature on the role of dairy products in health and in the prevention of chronic diseases (cardiovascular, metabolic syndrome, colon or bladder cancer, and type 2 diabetes). (2019-07-03)
Goat milk formula could benefit infant gut health: Study
Research suggests goat milk infant formula has similar prebiotic properties to breast milk and could play a role in supporting healthy gut function in infants. (2019-06-27)
Motherhood can deliver body image boost -- new study
New research indicates that perfectionism is related to breast size dissatisfaction, but only in non-mothers -- suggesting that mothers are more comfortable with their bodies. (2019-06-19)
Gut microbes associated with temperament traits in children
Scientists in the FinnBrain research project of the University of Turku discovered that the gut microbes of a 2.5-month-old infant are associated with the temperament traits manifested at six months of age. (2019-06-18)
Breastmilk antibody protects preterm infants from deadly intestinal disease
Human and mouse experiments show that an antibody in breastmilk is necessary to prevent necrotizing enterocolitis -- an often deadly bacterial disease of the intestine. (2019-06-17)
Research finds pre-pregnancy weight affects infant growth response to breast milk
In the first study of its kind, LSU Health New Orleans researchers report that women's pre-pregnancy overweight or obesity produces changes in breast milk, which can affect infant growth. (2019-06-13)
New pathogens in beef and cow's milk products: More research required
In February 2019, the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) presented findings on new infection pathogens that go by the name of 'Bovine Milk and Meat Factors' (BMMF). (2019-06-11)
Safe to breastfeed while on bipolar meds? Jury's still out
Women taking lithium to treat their bipolar disorder frequently ask if breastfeeding while on the medication will harm their babies. (2019-06-10)
A little formula in first days of life may not impact breastfeeding at 6 months
A study has lodged a new kink in the breastfeeding dilemma that adds to the angst of exhausted new parents: While most newborns lose weight in the first days of life, do you or don't you offer a little formula after breastfeeding if the weight loss is more than usual? (2019-06-03)
Breastfeeding moms' milk can transfer lifelong protection against infection to their babies
Research in mice has found that the transfer of immunity from mum to baby can be long-term, beyond the period of breastfeeding. (2019-05-29)
Reinvent Motherisk to protect mothers and babies
Canada should reinvent the Motherisk program to support pregnant women to have healthy babies, argues an editorial in CMAJ. (2019-05-27)
Breastfeeding reduces long-term risk of heart disease in mothers
Women who breastfed their babies are less likely to develop heart disease later in life, according to findings to be presented in Lyon, at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2019. (2019-05-18)
Early term infants less likely to breastfeed
A new, prospective study provides evidence that 'early term' infants (those born at 37-38 weeks) are less likely than full-term infants to be breastfeed within the first hour and at one month after birth. (2019-05-14)
New study finds high rates of formula use with low-income infants, recommends changes
New research by George Mason University's College of Health and Human Services found high rates of non-exclusive breastfeeding and early infant formula introduction. (2019-05-02)
WHO study confirms breastfeeding protects against child obesity, however levels of breastfeeding across Europe are well off-target
New research from WHO published at this month's European Congress on Obesity shows that babies who are never or only partially breast fed have an increased risk of becoming obese as children compared to babies who are exclusively breastfed. (2019-04-29)
Breastfeeding boosts metabolites important for brain growth
Micro-preemies who primarily consume breast milk have significantly higher levels of metabolites important for brain growth and development, according to sophisticated imaging conducted by an interdisciplinary research team at Children's National. (2019-04-27)
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)
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