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Breast-Feeding Linked to Lower Endometriosis Risk

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – Women who breast-fed at least one child appear to have a lower risk for developing endometriosis, new research suggests. Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside of the reproductive organ on the fallopian tubes, ovaries or another area. "We found that women who breast-fed for a greater duration were less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis," said study author Leslie Farland. She is a research scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "Given the chronic nature of endometriosis and that very few modifiable risk factors are currently known, breast-feeding may be an important modifiable behavior to reduce the risk of endometriosis among women after pregnancy," Farland said in a hospital news release. The study involved thousands of women who participated in the Nurses' Health ... Read more

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

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

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 weight as they grow, which could reduce their cancer risk later in life. In adults, being overweight or obese increases the risk for 11 common cancers, according to the AICR. "It isn't always possible for moms to breast-feed but for those who can, know that breast-feeding can offer cancer protection for both the mother and the child," said Alice Bender, director of nutrition programs for the institute. Breast-feeding is protective in several ways, according to the report. It may delay return of a ... Read more

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

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

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 help heart health? One theory holds that breast-feeding helps "reset" a woman's metabolism after pregnancy, according to lead researcher Sanne Peters. She's a research fellow in epidemiology at the University of Oxford in England. The study pointed out that women who breast-feed for a longer time tend to have lower odds of high blood pressure and diabetes, for example. Dr. Nieca Goldberg, is a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. She said it's possible that women who breast-feed ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding Success Hinges on Support for Mom, Baby

Posted 12 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – Information and support can help new mothers overcome breast-feeding difficulties, a lactation expert says. A pregnant woman should tell her partner and family about her breast-feeding goals and why they're important to her, said Dr. Nicole Hackman. She's a pediatrician and medical director for lactation services at Penn State Children's Hospital, in Hershey. New mothers "will need to rely on that support during the challenging days," she said in a hospital news release. It's important for the mother and baby to have skin-to-skin contact for the first hour after birth, she said. "Not only does that regulate the baby's heart rate, temperature and glucose level, but it can help the baby latch on and have the first breast-feeding session," Hackman said. She said it's also a good idea to limit visitors during a baby's first week of life. That gives mother and baby ... Read more

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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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What New Moms Need to Know About Pumping Breast Milk

Posted 11 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Sept. 11, 2016 – Breast pumps can be a big help to new mothers, but women who use them need to keep safety in mind, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Unless breast pumps are designed for multiple users, renting or sharing them can be dangerous – even with family and friends, the agency warns. "Contaminated breast pumps could cause you and your baby to develop an infection," H. Paige Lewter said in an FDA news release. Lewter is an electrical engineer and device reviewer in the FDA's Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices branch. Even if a used pump looks clean, it may still be unsafe. According to Dr. Michael Cummings, an FDA obstetrician-gynecologist, "Potentially infectious particles may survive in the breast pump and/or its accessories for a surprisingly long time." If you do rent or share a multiple-user pump, you must have your own accessories kit – usually ... 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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Breast Milk Best From the Breast?

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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Breast-Feeding May Not Help Prevent Allergies in Kids, Study Claims

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – Breast-fed children are just as likely to develop allergies as children who were formula-fed, preliminary new research suggests. But the study, which analyzed medical records from nearly 200 children aged 4 through 18, compared those who were "ever" breast-fed – regardless of duration – with those who had consumed only formula. The results conflict with conventional wisdom indicating that breast-feeding might protect children from a host of infections and other ailments, including allergies. "We think breast-feeding prevents a lot of allergies, but surprisingly, we found that kids [in both groups] had similar numbers of allergies," said study author Dr. Quindelyn Cook, a resident physician in pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medical Center. "Mothers should definitely continue to breast-feed," Cook added. "Definitely this would need to be studied on a ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk of Aggressive Breast Cancer: Study

Posted 30 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 – A new study finds a link between breast-feeding and a woman's reduced risk for an aggressive form of breast cancer called hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer. This type of cancer accounts for about 20 percent of breast cancer cases in the United States and is more common among women younger than 50, black women and those with the BRCA1 gene mutation, the researchers said. The large international study found that women who breast-fed were up to 20 percent less likely to develop hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer than those who did not breast-feed. Researchers observed an association but they did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The findings were published Oct. 26 in the journal Annals of Oncology. "Further evidence to support the long-term protection of breast-feeding against the most aggressive subtypes of breast cancer is very encouraging and ... Read more

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Giving Birth, Breast-feeding May Help Women's Long-Term Health

Posted 30 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 – Having babies and breast-feeding may extend a woman's life, new research suggests. Other beneficial factors appear to include starting menstruation at a later age and using birth control pills. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 323,000 women in 10 European countries who were followed for an average of about 13 years. During that time, more than 14,300 of the women died. Nearly 6,000 died of cancer and more than 2,400 from circulatory system diseases. The study found fewer deaths among women who gave birth between the ages of 26 and 30 than among those who were older or who gave birth at age 20 or younger. Women who breast-fed also lived longer than those who did not. The risk of cancer death was lower in women who had given birth than among those who had not, and was lower among those who gave birth to two or three children than among those with one child. ... Read more

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Many New Moms Still Lack Breast-Feeding Support at Work

Posted 14 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 – New mothers who return to work while breast-feeding still face significant obstacles, research shows. The study found that less than half of breast-feeding mothers in the United States who return to work receive proper time and space to express breast milk. The investigators also discovered that new mothers who had such access were much more likely to breast-feed for the recommended length of time. "The benefits of breast-feeding are well-documented. Unfortunately, many mothers who wish to continue breast-feeding when they return to work encounter logistical challenges," study lead author Katy Kozhimannil, an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, said in a university news release. "It surprised us that less than half of nursing mothers had access to appropriate workplace accommodations for breast-feeding, ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding May Pass Common Chemical to Baby, Study Shows

Posted 21 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 – New mothers may inadvertently pass industrial chemicals along to their babies through breast-feeding, which might lower the effectiveness of some childhood vaccinations, researchers report. The class of chemicals, called perfluorinated alkylate substances (PFASs), are widely used in consumer products to make them resistant to water, grease and stains. A Harvard-led research team found that a baby's blood concentration of PFASs will increase by 20 percent to 30 percent every month they're breast-fed. This phenomenon worries study co-author Dr. Philippe Grandjean, because earlier research has shown that PFASs can cause vaccinations to either fail or to be much less potent. "This is absurd. We're trying to prevent diseases by vaccinations, and we also are encouraging mothers to breast-feed because human milk is the ideal nutrition for the child, and the child's ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding Tied to Healthier Arteries in Middle Age

Posted 8 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 – Young women who breast-feed may have healthier-looking arteries years later, compared with those who bottle-feed their babies, a new study finds. It has long been reported that breast-feeding is the healthiest option for babies. The study, published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, hints at another potential health benefit from breast-feeding. But researchers also stressed that the findings do not prove cause-and-effect. What the study did show: Of over 800 U.S. women who gave birth at least once, those who breast-fed for a longer period of time had less thickening in the carotid artery wall once they'd reached middle age. The carotid arteries supply blood to the brain, and thickening in the artery wall is considered an early sign of atherosclerosis – the buildup of artery-clogging "plaques" that can lead to heart attack or stroke. Thickening ... Read more

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Health Tip: Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms, Too

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Breast-feeding ensures that baby gets all needed nutrients. It also may offer health benefits for mom, too. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these potential maternal benefits: Promotes weight loss and helps the uterus return to pre-pregnancy size. Reduces stress. Lowers risk of type 2 diabetes. Lowers risk of ovarian and breast cancers. Reduces risk of depression after pregnancy. Lowers risk of developing osteoporosis and iron-deficiency anemia. Read more

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