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Cost-Savings Benefits Of Childhood Vaccinations

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues an updated schedule of recommended vaccines for infants and children. Yet it’s estimated that as many as 1 in every 10 children do not receive the recommended vaccinations, and... more


Preemies Thrive In Language-Rich Environments

Even before birth, babies hear and respond to the sounds around them. Their mother’s heartbeat… her voice… the beat of an often-played piece of music… Dad’s voice. The last weeks of a full-term pregnancy tend to be rich with examples... more

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Early Use Of Infant Formula A Slippery Slope

It appears that the end may justify the means after all. At least that’s what the results of a recent study in Pediatrics suggest. Spurred by widespread efforts to increase breastfeeding rates—from banning hospital gift bags with infant formula samples... more

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Hospitals Should Support Rooming-In

Should you welcome your baby into the world with open arms, or sequester him in a hospital nursery in the hours after birth? A trio of experts, on behalf of the Cochrane Collaborative, sought to answer this question. In particular,... more

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AAP Resolution On Free Infant Formula Not Among Top 10

July, 2012, Massachusetts became the second state to ensure that families in its hospitals and birthing centers would not be inundated with formula marketing bags. But Massachusetts is not alone in its efforts to restrict formula marketing. November, 2011, Laura... more


Pregnant? Nutrients You Need Now

Pregnant or breastfeeding? The latest webinar from the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, “Powerhouse Nutrients for Pregnancy and Lactation: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Optimum Growth and Development,” by Mary Harris, PhD, RD, provides some key insights that can help you... 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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No Infant Formula Is “Best”

Soy-based formula was developed as an alternative food source for infants who didn’t have access to human milk and couldn’t tolerate cow’s milk protein. Soy-based formula was first released in 1929, but it wasn’t until federal regulations were introduced in... more


Does Breastfeeding Protect Against SIDS?

Will exclusive breastfeeding reduce a baby's risk of sudden infant death syndrome? more

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Does Breast Milk Make Babies Smarter?

For years parents and health care professionals have speculated that breast milk makes babies smarter. But with so many variables at play, it has been a difficult hypothesis to prove. Even if it is assumed that breastfed babies are smarter,... more