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Breast-Feed Now, Stave Off Diabetes Later

Posted 16 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – It's often said breast-feeding is best for babies, but new research suggests it also might have a significant long-term benefit for moms – preventing type 2 diabetes. "We found that a longer duration of breast-feeding was associated with a substantially lower risk of type 2 diabetes in women," said lead study author Erica Gunderson. In fact, women who breast-fed more ...

Health Tip: How to Clean a Breast Pump

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by

-- Women who use a breast pump should make sure the device is well cleaned to prevent contamination. Breast pumps are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency suggests how to clean the device: As soon as possible after pumping, wash each piece separately using liquid dishwashing soap and plenty of warm water. Rinse each piece thoroughly with hot water for 10 to 15 seconds. ...

Prolonged Breast-Feeding May Guard Against Teen Eczema

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Encouraging new mothers to stick with breast-feeding may halve the already small risk that infants will develop eczema when they hit their teens, new research suggests. And while the study also found no impact on teenage asthma risk, at least one U.S. pediatrician said other studies have supported the role of breast-feeding in potentially cutting a child's risk of ...

Health Tip: Supporting Breast-feeding Moms on the Job

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by

-- There are a number of options available if businesses want to make it more convenient for mothers to express breast milk at work. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests: Find a devoted space for nursing mothers. If a mother has a safe and private place to pump, she will not have to go elsewhere, such as a car or home. This space requires a comfortable chair, a place for a ...

Even Partial Breast-Feeding for First Few Months Lowers SIDS Risk

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – New research confirms that breast-feeding for two to four months of a newborn's life can significantly reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). But the study also found moms don't need to breast-feed exclusively to reap that benefit. Even partial breast-feeding will do, the 20-region study found. "What is, perhaps, surprising is that there does not appear ...

Breast-Feeding Bond Lingers for Mom

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – The longer a new mom breast-feeds, the stronger her maternal bond may be with her child years later, a new study suggests. The 10-year study of nearly 1,300 families in the United States found that women who breast-fed their children longer had more maternal sensitivity well past their children's infant and toddler years. New moms in the study breast-fed for an average ...

Ob/Gyns Warn Against 'Vaginal Seeding' Trend for Newborns

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – The U.S.'s leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists is warning against a new trend where babies born by C-section are "seeded" via cotton swabs with vaginal microbes from the mother. "Vaginal seeding" is growing in popularity because it's thought that babies born through Cesarean-section miss out on certain "helpful" vaginal microbes that might shield the ...

Breast Milk May Arrive Late for Obese New Moms

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – While obesity in pregnancy has long been linked to a higher risk for complications during childbirth, there's now another reason to avoid it: a late start to breast milk production. That's the finding from a new study of more than 200 women with newborns who planned to breast-feed. The researchers found that delays in "lactogenesis" – the production of breast milk ...

IUD Won't Interfere With Breast-Feeding

Posted 22 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – Women who have a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) implanted immediately after childbirth can still breast-feed, according to a new study. There's no reason for women to delay using this type of birth control after having a baby, researchers advised. "Bottom line: Early placement of a hormonal IUD is a safe, long-term birth control method that doesn't negatively affect ...

Can Breast Milk Feed a Love of Vegetables?

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 – Want your preschooler to eat veggies without a fuss? Try eating veggies while you're breast-feeding. That's the message from a new study of lactating mothers and their breast-fed babies. The study found that those infants who took in veggie-flavored breast-milk were less likely to turn away from similar-tasting cereal when they graduated to more solid food. "Every baby's ...

Breast-Feeding Lowers Mom's Breast Cancer Risk: Study

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – Breast-feeding helps protect women against breast cancer, a new report finds. Of the 18 studies analyzed by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), 13 found the risk of breast cancer dropped 2 percent for every five months a woman breast-fed. The report, updating global science on breast cancer, also found that breast-fed babies are less likely to gain excess ...

Health Tip: Getting Toddlers to Try New Foods

Posted 13 Jul 2017 by

-- Getting toddlers to try new foods may seem like an uphill battle. But experts say parents mustn't give up. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: The foods you eat may affect the taste of your breast milk. So if you breast-feed, eat a variety of foods. For both you and your child, minimize salt and skip spicy flavors, such as hot sauce or cayenne pepper. If your child doesn't like a ...

Breast-Feeding May Lower Risk of MS, Study Says

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – Women with a longer history of breast-feeding may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis than mothers who skip breast-feeding or nurse for briefer periods, a new study suggests. Researchers compared nearly 400 women with MS or its precursor, known as clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), with a similar healthy group. They found that mothers who had breast-fed one ...

Breast-Feeding Tied to Lower Heart, Stroke Risk for Mom

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – Women who breast-feed their babies may have a slightly lower risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke decades later, a large new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 290,000 women in China, those who breast-fed were 10 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke later in life, versus women who bottle-fed their babies. How might ...

Breast-Feeding May Reduce Pain From C-Section

Posted 4 Jun 2017 by

SATURDAY, June 3, 2017 – Breast-feeding for a longer time may help women reduce the risk of chronic pain after a cesarean delivery, a new study suggests. Researchers from Spain followed 185 women who had a C-section. Almost one-quarter (23 percent) of those who breast-fed for two months or less still had chronic pain in the surgical site four months after delivery. But just 8 percent of those ...

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