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Mom’s Milk Boosts Baby’s Brain

Breastfeeding may not make your baby an Einstein, but claims of a connection between breastfeeding and IQ just got a boost from a study out of Boston. Harvard University researchers investigated the link between breastfeeding duration and baby’s cognitive function.... more

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Mode Of Delivery & Newborn Diet Affect Long-Term Health

Scientists studying gut microbiota, described as a vast and mysterious “new organ,” have made an important discovery that will give expectant and new mothers yet another reason to give birth vaginally and breastfeed their babies. Microbiota is an array of... more

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More Evidence Shows Breast Milk Fights Illness

What is it that makes milk so good? We’re not talking animal milk, but human milk—the stuff that a team of researchers recently said, “not only [provides] all of the nutrients necessary for infants to grow and develop, but also [for]... more

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How & What You Feed Your Baby May Affect Growth

When it comes to rapid weight gain, how babies are fed may be just as important as what they are fed according to a recent study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. With one in three U.S.... more

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Test Your Breastfeeding IQ

With so much misinformation being circulated about breastfeeding, it’s often hard to separate fact from fiction. Put your breastfeeding knowledge to the test here. more

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Nighttime Breastfeeding Boosts Maternal Mental Health

There is a movement afoot in childbirth education and perinatal health urging mothers to avoid nighttime breastfeeding to decrease their risk for postpartum depression. We know that if mothers follow this advice, it will have a negative impact on breastfeeding.... more

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10 Breastfeeding Myths

“Breastfeeding is natural.” Sound familiar? If you assume that breastfeeding is natural, it doesn’t take a leap of faith to accept that breastfeeding must be easy. Why, then, do so many mothers describe breastfeeding as hard? In reality, making milk... more

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Breast Milk: A Tool To Fight HIV?

Is there anything breastfeeding can’t do? The health benefits of breastfeeding have been well established by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and others, but researchers now suggest that breast milk may have a role in fighting HIV. About 34... more


Study Finds Breastfeeding Protects Against Asthma

An estimated 22 million Americans are living with asthma. It is the most common chronic illness in children, one with potentially fatal consequences. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 10–15 percent of U.S. schoolchildren have or have had... more

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Hospitals Can Help Mothers Meet Breastfeeding Goals

Health experts across the U.S. and worldwide recommend that babies be breastfed exclusively for their first six months but few mothers in the U.S. achieve that goal. One in three mothers (35 percent) breastfeed exclusively for three months, and only... more