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Photoinitiators detected in human breast milk
Photoinitators (PIs) are compounds used in the ink of many types of food packaging. (2019-11-20)
Academics call for targeted healthcare for pregnant women and new mums with depression
Pregnant women and new mothers who experience depression need improved healthcare say academics. (2019-11-20)
How prenatal diet, delivery mode and infant feeding relate to pediatric allergies
Two new studies being presented at the ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting contain new information on how prenatal diet, the way the baby is delivered, and infant feeding practices can affect the risk of allergy. (2019-11-08)
Factors during pregnancy may affect early childhood weight
In a study published in Pediatric Obesity, a child's high and increasing body mass index between ages two and six years was strongly associated with pre-pregnancy obesity and overweight in the child's mother; modestly associated with maternal type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes that required medication, and excessive weight gain during pregnancy; and slightly associated with breastfeeding for six months or less. (2019-11-06)
Maternal and newborn health improves in rural Nigeria, Ethiopia and India but inequities still exist
Community-based health programs in parts of rural Nigeria, Ethiopia and India were successful in improving health care for mothers and newborns, but inequities still exist, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-10-28)
Informal sharing of breast milk gains popularity among women, despite safety risks
Women who are unable to produce enough breast milk for their children are increasingly turning to 'mother-to-mother' informal milk-sharing, a potentially unsafe practice that is discouraged by the pediatric medical community, according to new research being presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2019 National Conference & Exhibition. (2019-10-25)
Clinical trial in Japan focuses on avoiding cow's milk formula to supplement breastfeeding
A randomized clinical trial in Japan with about 300 newborns looked at whether avoiding cow's milk formula to supplement breastfeeding would decrease risks of sensitization to cow's milk protein or food allergy, including cow's milk allergy. (2019-10-21)
Study examines breastfeeding and risk of maternal diabetes, hypertension
To examine if breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of maternal diabetes or hypertension, six studies with more than 200,000 participants were combined in this systematic review and meta-analysis. (2019-10-16)
Breastfeeding disparities among us children by race/ethnicity
Overall rates of breastfeeding increased from 2009 to 2015 but they varied by race/ethnicity in this observational study that used national survey data for nearly 168,000 infants in the United States. (2019-10-14)
Fish in early childhood reduces risk of disease
It doesn't take that much fish for young children to reap big health benefits. (2019-10-08)
Initiating breastfeeding in vulnerable infants
The benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child are well-recognized, including for late preterm infants (LPI). (2019-10-07)
Environmental cost of formula milk should be a matter of global concern
'The production of unnecessary infant and toddler formulas exacerbates environmental damage and should be a matter of increasing global concern,' argue experts in The BMJ today. (2019-10-02)
Intimate partner violence is linked to suboptimal breastfeeding practices in poorer countries
Mothers exposed to intimate partner violence in low- and middle-income countries are less likely to initiate breastfeeding early and breastfeed exclusively in the first six months, according to a study published October 1 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Dr Rishi Caleyachetty of the University of Warwick in the UK, and colleagues. (2019-10-01)
Domestic violence reduces likelihood of mothers breastfeeding in developing countries
Mothers who have suffered from domestic violence are substantially less likely to follow recommended breastfeeding practices in low to middle-income countries, a new study shows. (2019-10-01)
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)
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