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New Standard For Fetal & Newborn Growth

A team of researchers led by experts from Oxford University (U.K.) have, for the first time, developed an international standard for assessing babies’ growth during pregnancy and size at birth. Drawing on the same multi-site approach used by the World... more

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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

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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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Mapping The Need For Vaccinations

It has been the myth heard ’round the pediatric world: Vaccinations cause autism. In spite of evidence to the contrary and a retraction of the primary article staking this claim, some parents remain concerned about vaccination-related injury. “Why does my... more

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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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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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Study Shows Walking Calms Crying Infants

Not again! It’s three o’clock in the morning, and you are so so tired. But your baby is crying. Time for a diaper change and feeding. If only this baby would stop crying! Why is your baby crying? And how... 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

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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