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More Women Breastfeeding But Need for Support Continues

Although 80 percent of women in the United States begin breastfeeding their babies at birth, many stop earlier than recommended by health authorities. Breastmilk, which contains cells, hormones and antibodies, protects babies from several illnesses and diseases. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of asthma, childhood leukemia and obesity, ear infections, eczema, diarrhea, lower respiratory […]

SimplyThick Risky for All Infants, FDA Warns

Food and Drug Administration officials are reminding the public to be aware that all infants may face a higher risk of developing a life-threatening condition if fed SimplyThick – a product that is supposed to help babies swallow their food and keep it down. More than 20 infants have developed necrotizing enterocolitis after being fed […]

Some Hospitals Eliminate Formula Giveaways

Massachusetts maternity hospitals have unanimously stopped offering free infant formula gift bags to new mothers this month. Breast feeding advocates are hailing the simultaneous decision across the state by citing numerous studies that show mothers who receive free formula are less likely to breastfeed their infants to 1 month old. The American Academy of Pediatrics […]

Moms Who Breastfeed Cut Risk for Obesity Years Later

Breastfeeding can help a new mother lose some of the weight gained during pregnancy, but the benefits to weight loss don’t end there. A new British study found that women who breastfed cut their risk of obesity 30 years later. The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity. After analyzing data from the […]

Breastfeeding Helps Lung Function

Mothers who breastfeed their children can help their babies’ lung function. A large study shows that children who breastfed for at least four months had stronger lungs at age 12 compared to children who did not breastfeed. Researchers believe breastfeeding has “a direct effect on lung growth.” The study was published in the American Journal […]

Study: Breastfeeding Linked to Brainpower

Doctors have long recommended breastfeeding for all the health advantages it provides to babies and moms. Now, a new study from the UK shows that children who were breastfed as infants scored higher on vocabulary and reasoning tests. Breastfeeding also helped babies who were born premature. Researchers could not say how breastfeeding helped brainpower but […]

Breastfeeding Benefits Moms, Too

If you’re pregnant, chances are someone has told you how important it is to breastfeed your baby. From the first drop, babies receive health benefits that formula cannot provide. Breast milk reduces their risk for childhood leukemia, obesity, diabetes, ear infections, diarrhea and asthma, according to federal health officials. Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of […]