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Posted 27 May 2016 by Drugs.com
THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 – Infants fed directly from the breast are less likely to develop ear infections than those who are fed pumped breast milk from a bottle, a new study suggests. The study also found that infants who receive breast milk by either method have a lower risk of diarrhea. Researchers studied nearly 500 new mothers and their infants and found that one month of feeding at the breast was associated with a 4 percent lower risk of ear infections. Doing so for six months was associated with a 17 percent lower risk. But compared to babies were were exclusively fed from the breast, the risk of an ear infection rose 14 percent among infants who were bottle-fed pumped breast milk for one month. And that risk climbed to 115 percent among those who received pumped breast milk for six months, according to the study published recently in the Journal of Pediatrics. "While it is not ... Read more
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Posted 22 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com
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