Sex and the Five Trimesters of Pregnancy

      You’re probably thinking there only three trimesters of pregnancy, right?  After all, “tri-“ means three but it could mean that there are five distinct three-month periods associated with pregnancy and each one affects your sex life in distinctly different ways. ... more »

    Enjoy Herbal Teas During Pregnancy for Health and Pleasure

    People in China have been drinking tea for at least 5,000 years, first as a medicinal beverage and then, centuries later, for pleasure.  During the age of global discovery in the Middle Ages of the last millennium, explorers from Europe spread the custom of drinking tea around the world. ... more »

    Treating Depression More Fun, Less Costly with Behavior Activation

    People in the United Kingdom (UK) who are struggling with depression are finding that a new kind of treatment – behavior activation (BA) – is more fun and less costly than traditional treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).  BA doesn’t require the use of medications that come with undesirable side effects but works in conjunction with antidepressants for patients who can to ... more »

    Preemie Brains Thrive on Breast Milk

      By Sandy Hemphill, Contributing Writer, BabyMed   ... more »

    Low Milk Supply Linked to Maternal Diabetes

    Women who have any form of diabetes during pregnancy may face a low milk supply that cuts short their breastfeeding plans, according to a recently published study from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  The study did not differentiate between type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes but compared new mothers who had diabetes during pregnancy with new mothers not diabetic d ... more »

    10 Things Nobody Told You About Breastfeeding

    You already know that breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby.  It provides the highest degree of just-right-for-baby nutrition and both mothers and babies will reap lifelong benefits from nursing.  You may know women who’ve tried and eventually gave up before the child was weaning age.  Some women choose not to breastfeed and others simply cannot, for reasons that are nobody’s business bu ... more »

    10 Things Nobody Told You About Your Postpartum Period

    Hey, new parents, how was that trip home from the hospital?  Some new parents describe the drive from hospital to home with a new baby in tow as the most nerve-wracking, frightening, looooooongest, and slooooooooowest ride of their lives and, surely, every other driver on the road was out to get them.  But you made it!  You managed to get your precious cargo home unscathed and now you’re settin ... more »

    Skin-to-Skin Kangaroo Care Spares Lives of Preemies and Other Newborns

    One of the first things most new mothers want to do when their baby is born is hold him.  That simple act is no problem for most mothers but it’s often out of the question when a baby is born prematurely or of low birth weight.  Both conditions increase the baby’s risk of medical complications and death so they are often whisked away immediately to an incubator and a team of NICU speciali ... more »

    Psychotherapy Eases IBS Symptoms

    More than 15 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) although many go undiagnosed.  Treatment for this painful gastrointestinal disorder is thought to contribute as much as $1 billion to the national healthcare budget.  People under age 45 are most likely to be diagnosed. ... more »

    Embrace Mindful Meditation for Safe, Drug-Free Pain Relief

    No one likes to be in pain and there are many remedies that help stop it to one extent or another.  Many pain relievers, however, might not be safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Meditation enthusiasts often focus their thoughts on pain relief rather than turning to medications but skeptics aren't so quick to try thinking through the pain.  Some people simply require scientif ... more »

    Anti-Inflammatory Medications May Prove Beneficial in Hard-to-Treat Depression

    Many people suffering from depression benefit from antidepressant medications but about one third do not.  A recent study suggests these drug-resistant patients may be experiencing a high level of inflammation in addition to the more standard symptoms of depression.  The study used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to observe how specific areas of the brain interact with each other and com ... more »

    'Brexting' Diminishes Mother-Child Breastfeeding Bond

    Brexting refers to using the phone while breastfeeding but it applies to bottle-feeding, too. No matter which way the baby is being fed, it is important that baby gets mom's undivided attention. ... more »

    US Army Enlists New Breastfeeding Policy

    On September 29, the US Army became the final military branch to implement a breastfeeding policy for new mothers in the Army. ... more »

    Soldier Moms Breastfeed in Uniform for Photoshoot; Army Approves

    Tara Ruby really wanted to breastfeed her baby longer than eight weeks but her duties as a US Army soldier from 1997 to 2001 made nursing too challenging to continue. ... more »

    Breastfeeding Reduces Mom's Risk of MS Relapse

    In 2014, NPR reported on a woman who realized in the throes of morning sickness that she didn’t have any MS symptoms; her story led to discovery of a link between the hormone estriol and MS. ... more »

    Yankee Stadium Scores Breastfeeding Grand Slam

    Yankee Stadium was pretty in pink when dozens of breastfeeding moms and families showed up for the game in hot pink T-shirts to celebrate “Breastfeeding Night with the New York Yankees." ... more »

    Would You Breastfeed Somebody Else's Baby?

    A photo of Jessica Colletti breastfeeding her friend's son went viral in August; for many it represents maternal generosity, while for others the photo represents scandal and moral indecency. ... more »

    IBM Delivers: Traveling Moms' Breast Milk Ships Home Free

    IBM has recently announced a novel new approach for integrating work and family needs: breastfeeding female employees who travel on company business can have their breast milk shipped home for free. ... more »

    Breastfeeding Moms Less Likely to Resume Smoking After Pregnancy Abstinence

    A recent study of new mothers and their smoking habits found less interest in cigarettes the longer the baby was breastfed. ... more »

    Breastfed Babies Have Higher IQs at Age 30

    A Brazilian study indicates babies who are breastfed for an extended length of time have slightly higher IQs as adults, stay in school longer, and earn approximately 33% more. ... more »

    Save Women’s Lives: Promote Breastfeeding

    If 90% of US mothers breastfed their babies it would prevent 14,000 heart attacks in women per year. ... more »

    Breastfeed to Reduce Baby’s Arsenic Exposure

    Researchers from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, have just presented another reason why breastfeeding is so beneficial to babies: it lowers babies’ exposure to arsenic. ... more »

    Ten Tips To Reduce Stress During the Postpartum Period

    Ask for what you need. This is often difficult for new parents, but if friends and family offer to help, ask them for specific favors. ... more »

    Pregnant? Prepare Now for Breastfeeding! Part 2

    Preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy will make those first days easier. ... more »

    Pregnant? Prepare Now for Breastfeeding! Part 1

    Breastfeeding is learned; for most of us, because we haven’t spent our lives surrounded by nursing moms, that learning curve can be steep in the first few weeks. ... more »

    The Judgy Breastfeeder

    Once upon a time... there was a very judgmental birth doula. ... more »

    Breastfeeding Support So You Don’t Have to Reinvent the Wheel

    “The best way to learn to do something is to hang around people who are already successful at what you want to do. Ergo, if you want to breastfeed, La Leche League (LLL) meetings are a great place to be!” ... more »

    New Graduate Breastfeeds Baby; Photo Stirs Controversy

    The big surprise came later, when Thurman posted the photo of herself breastfeeding on graduation day to Black Women Do Breastfeed, an advocacy group that encourages black women to breastfeed. ... more »

    Breastfeeding Linked to Reduced Risk of BRCA Ovarian Cancer

    “Heredity is not destiny,” says Dr. Timothy R. Rebbeck. There are specific measures a woman can take that significantly reduce the odds of developing a BRCA-related cancer. ... more »

    Gestational Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome Can Limit Milk Supply During Lactation

    The subject of each study was limited milk production in lactating women with insulin-related medical disorders. ... more »

    10 Tips for Breastfeeding in Public

    These 10 tips for making peace with public breastfeeding may help overcome some of the obstacles. ... more »

    Better to Breastfeed On Antidepressants Than Not Breastfeed at All

    Many women stop taking antidepressants when they become pregnant or when they begin breastfeeding, with the understanding that it's better for the baby to go without these drugs. But is this true? ... more »

    6+ Months Breastfeeding Lowers Early Breast Cancer Risk But Not For Smokers

    A study of 504 breast cancer patients indicates breastfeeding for six months or longer can delay the onset or reduce the risk of early breast cancer even when early breast cancer runs in the family. ... more »

    Breast Microbiota Different from the Rest of the Body

    A recent Canadian study discovered that the microbiota of the female breast is unique, consisting of a population mix that appears nowhere else on the rest of the body. ... more »

    Breastfeeding Stimulates Development of Immune-Strengthening “Gut Flora,” Protects Against Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

    Infants begin developing their gastrointestinal microbiomes at birth by way of their mother's milk during breastfeeding. Their bodies take over production of microbiota once breastfeeding ends. ... more »

    Latch: Window Decals Identify Breastfeeding-Friendly NYC Restaurants

    Move over, Zagat and Michellin. Latch has come to town. The Latch campaign uses a rating system to identify breastfeeding-friendly restaurants and supplies window decals to those most accommodating. ... more »

    Dental Care for Breastfeeding Babies Prevents Tooth Decay

    The findings of a recent study on breastfeeding and childhood dentalhealth indicate a connection between long-term breastfeeding ' two years or longer ' and the child's increased risk for tooth decay. ... more »

    Higher IQ in Breastfed Babies May Be All About Mom

    A higher IQ and better grades in school have long been associated with breastfed babies but a new study suggests it's more likely about the mom, instead. ... more »

    What If Men Did the Breastfeeding?

    Hector Cruz is working to change that men's participation in the breastfeeding process. ... more »

    Sibling Study Questions Merits of Breastfeeding

    Dr. Cynthia Colen wasn’t satisfied with the studies of the merits of breastfeeding versus bottle feeding that she sees in her work. ... more »