Learn all you need to know about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do for your baby. Whether this is your first time breastfeeding or have done it before, there are always more things to learn!

Diabetes Could be Rooted in Food Toxins Consumed by Infants

Toxins are present in many of the foods we consume every day. One food toxin of particular interest is Advanced Glycation End (AGE). This food toxin is present in breast milk and commercial infant formulas. ... read more »

Is the WIC Program Biased?

Fifty counties returned the electronic questionnaire, which gave researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill more than enough information to gauge the overall services and breastfeeding support offered by the WIC program in the state. ... read more »

How Old is Too Old for Breastfeeding?

The great debate among breastfeeding women started a short while ago with a picture of a breastfeeding mother on the front cover of Time Magazine. The picture showed an almost four year old little body breastfeeding while standing on a chair. ... read more »

Getting Dad Closer During Breastfeeding

After 40 weeks of pregnancy, there is a deep-seeded need to have something personal between mom and baby that no one else can touch. It’s hard moving from being the only one who has a personal connection with baby to being the once pregnant woman. ... read more »

Breastfeeding and Obesity: Does Weight Affect Breastfeeding?

According to researchers from the Department of Nutrition at the Gilling School of Global Public Health, obese women simply don't attempt to start breastfeeding as often as normal weight women - but why? ... read more »

7 Things I Learned Raising a Preemie: They Grow Fast

When I was sent home less than two days after my twins were born I was scared to death. My previous two pregnancies were large babies weighing just about 11 pounds each. This time around both babies weighed around that together. ... 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 »

Breastfeeding Stimulates Gut Flora

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. ... read more »

Breastfeeding Moms Less Likely to Resume Smoking

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

Breastfeeding Guide

Learning how to breastfeed takes preparation, but you can get off to a successful start by learning the basics. ... read more »

Variations in Hunger Are Normal for a Baby

I’ll be honest—one of my good friends is a panicky new mom. She calls her baby’s pediatrician whenever she notices even the slightest change in his behavior or his habits. The doctor is used to it at this point, and there’s really nothing wrong with being cautious. ... read more »

Do Breastfeeding and Autism Have a Connection?

The exact cause of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not known. However, being unaware of the exact causes of autism doesn’t mean we don’t have many highly accurate hypotheses. ... 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 »

Safe Medications During Breastfeeding

Learn about which medications are safe for breastfeeding. ... read more »

Soldier Moms Breastfeed in Uniform for Photoshoot

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. ... read more »

Study Shows 4 Factors Associated with the Happiest Moms

A recent study conducted by scientists in Spain has identified four factors associated with childbirth that seem to make new mothers happiest. ... read 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. ... read more »

Could Breastfeeding Be a Deterrent to Autism?

It is just a hypothesis. But breastfeeding may deter the development of autism later in life, according to a recent article published in the medical journal, Medical Hypotheses. ... read more »

The Benefits of Extended Maternity Leave

A recent Norwegian report examining the national economic impact of extended paid maternity leave has mothers crying foul all over the world. The study says there is no apparent economic incentive to extend maternity leave. ... read more »

Can Gestational Diabetes Limit Milk Supply During Lactation?

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

Delta Airline’s Breastfeeding Policy Unleashes Twitterstorm

Lindsay Jaynes was just trying to be a responsible, informed mother to her 10-week-old son when she sent a tweet to the Delta Airlines Twitter account asking about their breastfeeding policy. ... read more »

Two Years of Breastfeeding May Become Law in United Arab Emirates

A draft of a new mandatory breastfeeding law was passed that is likely to become part of a more comprehensive law aimed at protecting the rights of children in the federation. ... read more »

Lactation Consultant Visits May Convince Women to Breastfeed

Occasional meetings with a lactation consultant encourage breastfeeding among women who normally resist the idea, according to a pair of clinical trials. ... read more »

Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer for African-American Moms

Researchers at Boston University have found a significant reduction in breast cancer risk in the African-American population when mothers choose to breastfeed. ... read more »

Does the Hospital Offer Breastfeeding Classes?

Most hospitals offer breastfeeding classes and consultations at the time of birth for mothers interested in learning about breastfeeding methods. Classes are typically held before birth, but a lactation consultant may be available to talk with you after birth. ... read more »

Breastfeeding: Breast Milk Nutrition and Benefits

Breastfeeding provides many benefits to both baby and mother, and it is such a valuable tool for both the mother and her baby. ... read more »

What If Men Did the Breastfeeding?

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

Latch Identifies 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. ... read more »

Dental Care for Breastfeeding Babies Prevents Tooth Decay

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

Breastfeeding A Sick Baby

The antibodies that are present in a mother's breast milk are very beneficial to the baby's immune system. It will be easily digested and it will speed up the baby's recovery time. ... read more »

Effect of IBD on Fertility and Breastfeeding

Patients treated for IBD often have questions about the effect of treatment on fertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. Researchers from Spain recently examined this issue and published the subsequent report in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology. ... read more »

Can I get pregnant while breastfeeding?

Can we still get pregnant while I am breastfeeding? ... read more »

Do Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women need more Calcium and Vitamin D?

It may be puzzling that the recommended average daily intake for calcium and vitamin D remains essentially the same during pregnancy and lactation as before pregnancy given the high-demand to support both mother’s bone health and the needs of a growing baby. ... read more »

Is Breastfeeding Preventing Me from Getting Pregnant?

Some women experience lactation amenorrhea while breastfeeding. Amenorrhea is the cessation of your monthly period. Hormones associated with breastfeeding affect reproductive cycles. ... read more »

Breastfeeding as Birth Control - Not a Good Idea

Breastfeeding is not a good birth control and it does not effectively prevent pregnancy. Once you resume sexual relations after delivery, there is a good chance you could get pregnant. ... read more »

6+ Months Breastfeeding Lowers Early Breast Cancer Risk

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. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 2

Those first few weeks of motherhood fly by and you were expecting to be happy about your newly arrived bundle of joy, but instead, you feel sad and down. ... read more »

10 Tips for Breastfeeding in Public

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

Impact of Breastfeeding on Mother and Newborn

There was no significant difference in full-term or non-full-term births rates and mean newborn birth weight between for those who continued and discontinued breastfeeding during pregnancy.  ... read more »

How to Stop Breastfeeding

Rapid milk reduction is a bit of a misnomer. Reducing breastmilk takes at least a month before you feel comfortable in your breasts and you no longer feel like you have to express milk. ... read more »

Breastfeeding and Antidepressants

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? ... read more »

Raising a Preemie: That Little Bit of Formula

Preemies are like tiny little creatures with all ten fingers and toes. With that tiny little body comes a tiny little appetite. Some new twin moms choose to breastfeed and others choose to bottle feed.  ... read more »

Storing Breast Milk Properly

If it weren’t for the breast pump, babies would have to switch to formula when mom went back to work. Luckily, that’s not the case. ... read more »

What Causes Poor Lactation?

Pregnancy, childbirth and raising a newborn bring up a multitude of awkward moments for the new mother, especially when she has the unenviable task of listening to the advice of her husband’s grandmother discussing her own experiences with those events. ... read more »

Food Allergies and Infant Eczema

There are some other food allergies that can be way more than just inconvenient, like peanut and seafood allergies. These could be serious or even deadly threats to children and adults. ... read more »

Can Placental Cells Protect Infants from Viruses?

Researchers at Magee-Women’s Research Institute and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have found that cells in the placenta can prevent unborn children from becoming infected with viruses from their mother. ... read more »

Extended Breastfeeding: The Ultimate Take-Out Meal

I have become fairly accustomed to seeing women breastfeeding their babies in public. I never really noticed it before my sister was pregnant. She was given an assortment of breastfeeding accessories at her baby shower. ... read more »

Is Breastfeeding While Pregnant Safe?

Breastfeeding is considered healthiest option for baby and can be continued for more than one year. Back to back pregnancies can mean mom is still breastfeeding one child while pregnant with another. ... read more »

Blood Thinners During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about LMW blood thinners (like Heparin) and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Are they safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Calcium and Vitamin D While Pregnant and Breastfeeding

It may be puzzling that the recommended average daily intake for calcium and vitamin D remains essentially the same during pregnancy and lactation as before pregnancy given the high-demand to support both mother’s bone health and the needs of a growing baby. ... read more »

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