Perchlorate: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Perchlorate is a naturally occurring salt that is used to manufacture airbag inflation systems, fireworks, matches, and rocket fuel. Groundwater is the main source of perchlorate around the world. ... read more »

Critical Period of Infant Development and Obesity

Researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill recently published a study in the journal Social Science & Medicine. The study aimed to find a possible link between early infant feeding practices and increased risk of childhood and adult obesity. ... read more »

Animal Moms Produce Gender-Specific Milk, Do Humans?

Female rhesus monkeys produce a different formulation of breast milk to feed their daughters than they do to feed their sons. Mama cows do the same thing. ... read more »

Neonatal Supplementation Practices in a Hospital Setting

Supplementing breastfeeding neonates with formula is necessary in some situations, but the practice may be used in situations where supplementation is not medically needed. ... read more »

Infant Formulas and Insulin Resistance

Researchers from Slovak Medical University recently published a study in PLoS One regarding the possible connection between formula feeding and reduced insulin sensitivity. ... read more »

Feeding Choice, Gender and Infant Growth

A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics International shows a correlation between feeding method and infant growth in male offspring. Information for the study was collected by researchers at Showa University School of Medicine in Tokyo. ... read more »

Antioxidants: Breast Milk Vs. Infant Formula

Researchers from The University of Belgrade recently compared the effects of breast milk and infant formula on smooth non-vascular muscles and antioxidant properties of both. ... read more »

Infant Formula May Support Breastfeeding Duration

Breastfeeding is the healthiest option for most infants. Mothers who want to breastfeed are often advised to start breastfeeding from birth in the hospital and to avoid using commercial infant formulas at all costs to prevent confusion. ... read more »

Increase Your Chances of Breastfeeding Longer

Because so many mothers are unable to breastfeed for as long as they want, there is a lot of research about ways to help mothers produce more milk for a longer duration. ... read more »

Formula Feeding and Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Breastfeeding is what gives infants the immunities they need so that until their digestive track and naturally immunities can fully develop. Even if mothers choose to breastfeed for only a short amount of time, it’s better than no time at all. ... read more »

Prolonged Formula Feeding and Risk of Leukemia

Prolonged formula feeding may increase the odds for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), investigators in a case-control study concluded. ... read more »

To Hydrate Your Newborn, Don’t Just Add Water

While it’s important that your newborn baby stays hydrated too, you should not be giving him or her water. Newborn babies get hydration from the milk they drink, whether it’s breast milk or formula. ... read more »

Don’t Be Too Frugal with Baby’s Formula

One subject that always caused disagreement in the house when I was there was whether or not they should refrigerate the baby’s leftover formula. ... read more »

Family Foodie Friday - Baby Formula Substitutes

Breast milk is the absolute best thing for babies. Even the makers of infant formula will say that their formula can’t compare. However, breastfeeding isn’t always as easy as you think it will be and what happens when you’re unable to breastfeed your child for the full year or so they need it? ... read more »

Is Your Tap Water Safe for Baby Formula?

I’m very picky about the taste of my water. Maybe it’s all in my head, but I could close my eyes and tell you which water came from the tap and which came from a bottle. To avoid wasting plastic, I use a Brita filter to improve the taste of the city water from my tap. ... read more »

Can Breastfeeding Improve Your Baby’s Brain Growth?

Breastfeeding has been a hot topic for women since instant formula was created. Some women think that breastfeeding is the only way to go. Some think that it’s good for the first few months, but then formula can used, and some women only ever use formula. ... read more »

Aluminum in Infant Formula

Though most doctors agree that breastfeeding is the best choice after pregnancy, many doctors also agree that sometimes it’s just not the best option. If breastfeeding negatively impacts the health of the mother and infant, then formula is recommended. ... read more »