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Doctors Should Promote Breast-Feeding to Patients: Panel

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Doctors should provide breast-feeding support and guidance to new mothers and pregnant women, an expert panel says. This includes education about the benefits of breast-feeding, encouragement and practical help on how to breast-feed, according to the new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation. Primary care providers should help women make an informed choice about breast-feeding, the panel said. "Breast-feeding has real health benefits for babies and their mothers. Primary care clinicians can help new moms who breast-feed be successful," said task force member Ann Kurth, dean of the Yale School of Nursing in New Haven, Conn. "Primary care interventions to support breast-feeding are effective in increasing both the number of mothers who breast-feed and how long they breast-feed their babies," she added in a task force news release. Breast-feeding ... Read more

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Protein in Breast Milk May Reduce Hospital Infections in Preemies

Posted 14 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 – A protein in breast milk helps protect premature babies from hospital-acquired infections, according to a new study. "The majority of diseases affecting newborn preemies are hospital-acquired infections such as meningitis, pneumonia and urinary tract infections," said study lead author Dr. Michael Sherman. He is a retired professor of child health at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Mo. "Not only did we find that lactoferrin, a protein found in breast milk, could reduce hospital infections among preemies, but we also measured the safety of feeding the protein to newborns," he said in a university news release. The study included 60 premature infants who were given lactoferrin through a feeding tube twice a day for 28 days, and 60 premature infants who received a placebo. Babies in the lactoferrin group had 50 percent fewer ... Read more

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'Baby-Led' Weaning Doesn't Raise Choking Risk: Study

Posted 19 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 – Babies who feed themselves solid foods early on may not be at increased risk of choking, a new clinical trial suggests. The study tested a popular trend known as "baby-led" weaning: Instead of introducing solid foods the traditional way – spoon-feeding rice cereal, for instance – parents let their babies feed themselves soft finger foods. Advocates claim the approach helps babies develop motor skills, become less picky eaters and possibly have a lower risk of obesity later in life because they are controlling how much they eat. But there are also concerns, including the potential for choking, said senior study author Rachael Taylor, a research associate professor at the University of Otago, in New Zealand. To dig into the question, she and her colleagues randomly assigned 206 mothers to either introduce solid foods the traditional way or try the baby-led ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding Rates Climb, But Many Moms Quit Early: CDC

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – Even though most new moms in the United States begin breast-feeding their babies at birth, many stop sooner than recommended, a new study finds. In 2013, eight out of 10 newborns started out breast-feeding, which shows most mothers want to breast-feed and try to do so, according to the 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But only about half of infants are still breast-feeding at 6 months of age. And fewer than one-third (30.7 percent) are breast-fed at 12 months, the CDC reports. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast-feeding exclusively for the first 6 months of life, followed by breast-feeding along with other foods until at least 12 months of age. After that, the academy says breast-feeding can continue as long as mother and baby wish. There are a number of reasons pediatricians say breast is ... Read more

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Antibiotics, Formula Feeding Might Change Baby's 'Microbiome'

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – When babies are born, the birth process covers their bodies with countless microbes that play crucial roles in their future health. But a new study suggests that these "microbiomes" are altered by cesarean births, antibiotics and formula feeding. "The microbiome is really important in how a baby develops normally. We are doing things that are disrupting them," said Dr. Martin Blaser, director of the Human Microbiome Program at New York University Langone Medical Center. What do these microbiomes do? Microbiomes evolved with humans and are mostly helpful, explained Annie Gatewood Hoen. She's an assistant professor of epidemiology and biomedical data science at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, in New Hampshire. "These organisms help digest our food, train our immune system and out-compete disease-causing microbes," she said. But, there's still a lot ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding a Boon to Preemies' Hearts: Study

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Breast-feeding premature babies appears to increase the likelihood that those infants will have healthier hearts in young adulthood, new research suggests. The finding was based on an analysis involving just over 200 men and women in their early- to mid-20s. It suggests that premature infants fed just breast milk during infancy ultimately have better heart volume and overall function compared to preemies raised on formula or a mixture of formula and breast milk. "It was completely unknown that breast milk would provide this particular protective effect on the development of the heart in babies born preterm," said study author Paul Leeson. He's the clinical director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Division of the Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility at the University of Oxford, in England. "We suspected it might, but were surprised by the size of the ... Read more

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Antibiotics May Blunt Breast-Feeding's Benefits

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 13, 2016 – Early use of antibiotics may dampen some of the benefits of breast-feeding, a new study suggests. Researchers found that babies who were prescribed antibiotics while they were breast-feeding or shortly afterward were prone to infections and obesity. "In breast milk, unlike in formula milk, the infant receives bacteria from the mother and specific sugar components that promote the growth of certain [gut] bacteria," explained lead researcher Katri Korpela, from the immunobiology research program at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The finding indicates that the health benefits of breast-feeding are largely due to how it helps a baby develop intestinal bacteria (microbiota), and that antibiotics disturb that development, she said. However, the study could not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between early antibiotic use and infections and obesity, ... Read more

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Sex, Breast Milk May Have Helped Spread Ebola in Africa

Posted 19 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – The Ebola virus was transmitted by semen and breast milk during the latter stages of the outbreak in Sierra Leone, a new study shows. Researchers from the United Kingdom identified several instances of unconventional transmission of the deadly disease, including a mother who may have passed it to her baby through breast-feeding. In another instance, an Ebola survivor sexually transmitted the virus a month after being released from quarantine. "Close contact with an infected individual is still by far the most common way for Ebola to spread, but this study supports previous research suggesting that the virus can persist in bodily fluids for a long time after recovery," said Jeremy Farrar, director of Britain's Wellcome Trust, which funded the study. "These unusual modes of transmission may have contributed to isolated flare-ups of infections towards the end of ... Read more

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

Posted 16 May 2016 by Drugs.com

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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Preemies' Brains Get Boost From Breast Milk

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 – Breast milk may help promote brain growth in premature infants, a new study found. "The brains of babies born before their due dates usually are not fully developed," explained senior investigator Dr. Cynthia Rogers, an assistant professor of child psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. "But breast milk has been shown to be helpful in other areas of development, so we looked to see what effect it might have on the brain," Rogers said in a university news release. "With MRI scans, we found that babies fed more breast milk had larger brain volumes. This is important because several other studies have shown a correlation between brain volume and cognitive development," she said. The study included 77 infants born at least 10 weeks early, with the average being 14 weeks premature. Brain scans were conducted on the infants at about the time when they would ... Read more

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More Hospitals Offer Donor Breast Milk to Help Preemie Babies

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

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Worldwide Boost in Breast-Feeding Could Save 800,000 Lives: Study

Posted 29 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – If nearly all women worldwide breast-fed their infants and young children, there would be about 800,000 fewer children's deaths and 20,000 fewer breast cancer deaths a year, researchers report. That decrease in children's deaths is equivalent to 13 percent of all deaths in children younger than 2 years of age, the study authors reported in a two-part series published online Jan. 28 in The Lancet. The researchers also said that current breast-feeding practices cost the world's economy hundreds of billions of dollars a year. "There is a widespread misconception that the benefits of breast-feeding only relate to poor countries. Nothing could be further from the truth," series author Cesar Victora, of Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil, said in a journal news release. "Our work for this series clearly shows that breast-feeding saves lives and money in all ... Read more

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Obstetricians' Group Urges Docs to Help Support Breast-Feeding

Posted 26 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – There are many things obstetricians and gynecologists can do to support breast-feeding mothers, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says. Most new mothers start to breast-feed, but more than half stop sooner than they'd like, according to ACOG, which recommends exclusive breast-feeding for at least the first six months of life. "Moms deserve better support, and obstetric providers can and must help, both by assisting their patients and by advocating for policies and practices that enable women to achieve their goals," Dr. Alison Stuebe, lead author of a new ACOG committee opinion, said in an ACOG news release. The revised opinion was created to educate obstetricians on supporting women in making breast-feeding decisions and being a resource for breast-feeding women. Obstetricians should start talking about breast-feeding with patients ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding May Cut Risk of Type 2 Diabetes for Some Women

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – New research suggests another potential benefit for moms who breast-feed – a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study found that breast-feeding for more than two months was linked to around a 50 percent reduction in the odds of developing type 2 diabetes for mothers who had already experienced gestational diabetes in the past. And the longer women breast-fed, the lower the odds of type 2 diabetes, the study said. "The main policy implication is that we need to focus our breast-feeding promotion efforts to high-risk women, those who are obese or have a pregnancy with gestational diabetes," said study author Erica Gunderson, a senior research scientist with Kaiser Permanente Northern California. However, this study did not show that breast-feeding caused a lower risk of type 2 diabetes; it only found an association between these factors. The results ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding Linked to Reduced Risk of Preemie Eye Problem

Posted 16 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 – Breast-feeding a premature infant may help reduce the risk of a serious eye problem known as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), new research suggests. The researchers said that when babies were exclusively fed breast milk, the risk of any-stage ROP appeared to drop by about 75 percent. And the risk of severe ROP seemed to be reduced by 90 percent, the researchers added. "Human milk feeding potentially plays a strong role in protecting very preterm newborns from any-stage ROP and severe ROP," the international team of study authors wrote. Retinopathy of prematurity causes blood vessels to grow in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. When the vessels grow, they can cause the retina to detach, destroying vision, according to the U.S. National Eye Institute. For the study, researchers from China, Canada and the United Kingdom reanalyzed the ... Read more

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