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When New Moms Work Longer Hours, Breast-Feeding Takes a Back Seat

Posted 16 May 2016 by

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – Every working mom knows how hard it can be to juggle the demands of her job with the needs of her new baby, particularly when it comes to breast-feeding. Now, a new study has concluded that the more hours a new mom works, the tougher it is for her to continue breast-feeding. Mothers working 19 or fewer hours a week were much more likely to maintain breast-feeding through their babies' sixth month of life, compared to moms who had returned to full-time employment, said lead researcher Ning Xiang. "Every effort should be made to enable new mothers to spend more time with their newborn to establish and maintain breast-feeding," said Xiang, a research assistant with the University of Queensland Institute for Social Science Research, in Australia. "Governments should consider measures to encourage new mothers to delay their return to work, such as paid parental leave. ... Read more

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More Hospitals Offer Donor Breast Milk to Help Preemie Babies

Posted 22 Feb 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 – More hospitals give tiny preemies donated breast milk instead of formula, and the babies appear to benefit from it, a new study suggests. Researchers found the number of California hospitals offering donor breast milk rose substantially between 2007 and 2013 – from about 21 percent of all newborn intensive care units (NICUs) to 41 percent. Over those same years, NICUs that made the change showed an increase in moms who'd begun breast-feeding by the time their babies were discharged. Infants also were less likely to develop a potentially dangerous gut infection called necrotizing enterocolitis, according to findings published online Feb. 22 in the journal Pediatrics. It's not clear that donor breast milk itself drove those changes, said senior researcher Dr. Henry Lee, of Stanford University's division of neonatal and developmental medicine, in California. "This ... Read more

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