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Fewer Food Allergies in Kids If Mom Drinks Milk While Breastfeeding: Study

Mothers who drink cow's milk while breastfeeding may reduce their child's risk of developing food allergies, a new Swedish study suggests.

"This is a compelling first step in defining a potential relationship between maternal diet and allergy risk," said Dr. Peter Lio, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in C...

Breastfed Babies May Grow Into Better-Adjusted Teens: Study

Moms already know that breast milk is ideal for a baby's physical development. Now, research shows that being breastfed in infancy might even boost a child's mental health, years later.

"Having identified that there are potential behavioral benefits, our study strengthens the case for public health strategies that promote breastfeeding, where possible," study lead author Lydia Speyer, of ...

Neanderthal or Human, Babies Weaned at Same Age

Neanderthals weaned their babies at about the same age as modern humans do, a new study finds.

Neanderthals are humans' closest cousins on the evolutionary tree, but there are many questions about their pace of growth and early-life energy requirements.

To learn more, researchers analyzed three milk teeth from three Neanderthal children who lived between 70,000 and 45,000 years ago ...

Nurses Can Make the Difference for New Moms' Breastfeeding

One key to breastfeeding success? Having enough hospital nurses to ensure that new moms get top-notch care.

Hospitals with higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding had nurses who provided more consistent care, according to a new report.

That care included helping moms have skin-to-skin contact with their babies and breastfeed within an hour of giving birth. Nurses also provi...

Newborns of Moms With COVID-19 Face Little Infection Risk: Study

In some reassuring news on the coronavirus front, a new study finds that pregnant women with COVID-19 rarely infect their newborn.

That finding suggests that it may not be necessary to separate infected mothers from their infants and that moms can continue to breastfeed, the researchers added.

"Our findings should reassure expectant mothers with COVID-19 that basic infectio...

Some Breast Surgery Won't Harm Ability to Breastfeed

Having surgery for benign breast conditions won't harm a woman's future ability to breastfeed, new research suggests.

The study included 85 women, aged 18 to 45. Fifteen had a prior history of benign breast conditions, including cysts, benign tumors and enlarged breasts. Sixteen had had breast surgery, including breast augmentation, reduction mammoplasty and biopsy.

Whether ...

A Bit of Mom's Poop Might Boost Health of C-Section Babies: Study

Delivering by cesarean section deprives babies from receiving mom's beneficial bacteria during the journey through the birth canal. Now researchers are studying an innovative way to counter that: Feeding newborns breast milk fortified with their mother's poop.

There is, indeed, a yuck factor, the scientists acknowledge. But they also stress that the tactic, still under study, is done ...

COVID-19 Not Likely to Be Transmitted by Breast Milk: Study

Breastfeeding mothers are unlikely to transmit the new coronavirus to their babies via their milk, researchers say.

No cases of an infant contracting COVID-19 from breast milk have been documented, but questions about the potential risk remain.

Researchers examined 64 samples of breast milk collected from 18 women across the United States who were infected with the new coron...

Breastfeeding OK After Mom Has Anesthesia, Experts Say

It's perfectly safe to breastfeed after a mom receives anesthesia, new British medical guidelines say.

And she can start as soon as she's alert and able to do so, according to just-published guidelines from the U.K. Association of Anaesthetists.

"The guidelines say there is no need to discard any breast milk due to fear of contamination, since evidence shows that anesthetic...

With Safety Steps, Moms Unlikely to Pass COVID-19 to Newborns: Study

Mothers are unlikely to pass COVID-19 to their newborns if they follow recommended precautions, a small study suggests.

"We hope our study will provide some reassurance to new mothers that the risk of them passing COVID-19 to their babies is very low. However, larger studies are needed to better understand the risks of transmission from mother to child," said co-leader Dr. Christine S...

Exercise Might Make Breast Milk's Goodness Even Better

Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle, but a new study suggests it also increases the amount of a beneficial compound called 3SL in the breast milk of both humans and mice.

Based on that, researchers think that its benefits to babies could last for decades, potentially making them less likely to experience such chronic illnesses as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease as they ...

Breastfeeding May Help Guard Against Diabetes

Breastfeeding is good for more than babies: New research suggests it may protect new mothers from developing diabetes for years after they give birth.

The study included 85 women who breastfed and 99 who did not. They were assessed two months after giving birth and each year after that for at least three years.

Compared to those who didn't breastfeed, mothers who breastfed h...

Breast Milk May Help Shield Infants From Dangerous Viruses

New mothers have long been told that breast milk is best for their baby, and now there's more evidence that breastfeeding helps protect babies against potentially harmful viruses.

With the coronavirus pandemic on everyone's mind, the new research is especially timely. However, the report did not look specifically at the virus that causes COVID-19.

For the study, the investi...

Employers Need to Do More to Help Breastfeeding Moms: Survey

Protections may be in place for employees who breastfeed, but the onus is on working moms to seek out the resources they need, according to a University of Georgia survey.

"We know that there are benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and the infant, and we know that returning to work is a significant challenge for breastfeeding continuation," said lead author Rachel McCardel, ...

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding May Guard Against Early Menopause

Both pregnancy and breastfeeding may protect women against early menopause, new research suggests.

The risk was lowest among those who breast-fed exclusively, meaning the baby received breast milk only -- no liquids or solid foods. Early menopause is the end of menstruation before age 45, the study authors said.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data from more than 108...

Breastfeeding May Bring Added Bonus for Women With MS

Women with multiple sclerosis often find that their symptoms ease during pregnancy. And evidence is growing that breastfeeding might have a similar benefit.

A new review of 16 studies found that overall, women with MS who breastfed were 37% less likely to have a relapse within a year of giving birth, versus those who bottle-fed.

The findings do not prove breastfeeding is...

Many Women Are Sharing Breast Milk, and That Has Health Experts Worried

"Informal" sharing of breast milk may be more common than thought, with too many parents mistakenly thinking it's risk-free, new research suggests.

In a pair of studies, researchers delved into the issue of donor breast milk, and how parents are choosing to get it. In one, a survey of 655 parents who used donor milk found that only about 36% got it from official "milk banks" that ...

Breast Milk Combats Growth of Bad Bacteria

Researchers say they have identified a compound in breast milk that combats the growth of infection-causing bacteria in infants.

The compound is called glycerol monolaurate (GML), and the amount of GML in human breast milk is more than 200 times higher than in cow's milk. Infant formula has no GML, according to the study.

Along with fighting harmful bacteria, GML promotes th...

Tongue, Lip Snip Surgeries May Be Overused in U.S. Newborns

Too many American newborns may be undergoing unnecessary tongue and lip surgeries to improve their ability to breastfeed, a new study finds.

These minor "tether release" or frenotomy surgeries involve a snip, using either sterile scissors or a laser, to loosen the frenulum. That's the thin band of tissue that connects a baby's tongue to the bottom of the mouth, or the upper lip to the...

Another Reason Breast Is Best for Fragile Preemie Babies

Breast milk provides many benefits for babies. And now researchers say mother's milk contains an antibody that protects premature infants from an often-deadly intestinal bacterial disease called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

Immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies protect against this disease. And preterm infants get IgA from their mother's breast milk during the first weeks of life, res...

Few Days of Formula Feeding After Delivery Won't Harm Breastfed Babies

If your newborn is breastfeeding and losing weight, will feeding her formula do any harm?

Though doctors have long advised against it, a new study suggests giving baby both formula and the breast is OK.

Researchers said the answer depends on how long a mother intends to breastfeed and it needs to be balanced against the risks newborns face when their weight is dropping more...

Breast Milk Has Biggest Benefit for Preemies' Brains: Study

Another reason breast is best: Breast milk boosts levels of chemicals crucial for brain growth and development in premature babies with a very low birth weight, a new study reveals.

"Our previous research established that vulnerable preterm infants who are fed breast milk early in life have improved brain growth and neurodevelopmental outcomes," said Cather...

Is That Medication Safe When Breastfeeding?

Far too little is known about the safety of medication use during breastfeeding -- and it's time to get some answers, experts say.

It's a critical gap, given that breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for babies -- and moms are encouraged to do it. But when a woman has questions about the safety of any medication she's taking, doctors typically have little evidence-based advic...

Fungi in Breast Milk? These Kinds Are Good for Baby

In yet another finding that points out the positives of breastfeeding, scientists report that beneficial fungi and yeasts reside in breast milk.

Previous studies have found bacteria in breast milk, and certain fungi and bacteria are known to be important for infant health.

The researchers found yeasts and other fungi in breast milk from mothers in Spain, Finland, China and S...

Pumped Breast Milk Falls Short of Breastfed Version

Pumped breast milk might not be quite as good as milk that comes directly from Mom's breast, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that breast milk from women who pumped tended to have more potentially bad bacteria -- and less abundance and diversity of friendly germs -- than milk from women who only fed their infants from the breast.

The study is the latest step in a newe...

Breastfeeding Is Still Best

The benefits of breastfeeding are wide-ranging.

For baby, they include protection against infections and illnesses, including asthma, as well as reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Babies breastfed for six months are also less likely to become obese.

For mom, breastfeeding decreases the risks of breast and ovarian cancers.

There are financial ...

Delaying Baby's First Bath May Bring Benefits

If you want breastfeeding to go smoothly, you might want to ask the hospital to delay that first bath for your newborn, new research suggests.

For decades, it's been standard procedure to give newborns a bath within the first few hours after birth, but the new finding suggests that waiting 12 or more hours before doing so may promote breastfeeding.

The study included nearly...

AHA: Breastfeeding May Help a Mom's Heart

Studies have long touted the benefits of breastfeeding for infants, including stronger immune systems and lower risk for asthma, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. But babies aren't the only ones benefiting: Nursing also appears to provide health benefits for moms.

Research suggests women who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancers. The longer women nurse, whether with o...

Doctors Aren't Promoting Breastfeeding's Cancer-Protection Benefit

Few American mothers learn from their health care providers that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer, a new study finds.

Researchers surveyed more than 700 mothers. Of the 92 percent who said they'd breastfed, 56 percent said they knew that breastfeeding reduced breast cancer risk before they made the decision to nurse.

However, only 16 percent of those women ...

Breast Milk, Formula Affect Baby's 'Microbiome' in Different Ways

Breast milk and infant formula both encourage the growth of similar types of bacteria in a baby's digestive system, but the bacteria from the two forms of food work differently, researchers report.

These differences could have health effects that are currently unclear, according to the researchers.

Good bacteria in the digestive tract play an important role in health by crow...

Family Leave Boosts Breastfeeding Rates, But Mostly for Affluent Moms

Paid leave for new mothers may increase breastfeeding rates, but mainly among women with higher incomes, a new study contends.

The United States is the only developed country that does not offer paid leave to new parents on a national level. But four states now offer paid leave, and the study focused on two of the first to do so. California and New Jersey each introduced six weeks of...

Breastfeeding May Shield Baby From Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Another study backs up the belief that "breast is best" when it comes to a baby's health.

In the report, Finnish researchers say that breastfeeding appears to protect babies from dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Due to their weak immune systems, more than 200,000 newborns worldwide die each year of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the study authors...

Does Breastfeeding Hormone Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes?

The hormone prolactin -- most commonly associated with breastfeeding -- may play a role in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that women with the highest levels of the hormone, though still in the normal range, had a 27 percent reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those with the lowest levels in the normal range.

Breast Milk May Boost Preemies' Brain Development

Breastfeeding premature babies could boost their brain development, new research suggests.

Preemies are at risk for long-term problems with thinking and learning. Pre-term birth is believed to affect the brain's white matter, which helps brain cells communicate with each other.

This new, small study found better brain-cell connectivity among preemies who were breastfed than...

Women Who Breastfeed Longer More Likely to Have More Kids

Moms who breastfeed their first child for at least five months are likely to have more kids than women who stop sooner or bottle-feed, a new study suggests.

The finding comes from an analysis of data on nearly 3,700 mothers collected between 1979 and 2012. Cornell University researchers compared how many children each woman hoped to have before getting pregnant to their actual outcome...

Milk Straight From Breast Best for Baby's Weight

Breast milk from the bottle may not have as many benefits for a baby's weight as feeding straight from the breast, a new study suggests.

The researchers found what many others have: Overall, breastfed babies tended to have a healthier weight than those who were formula-fed.

However, babies given pumped breast milk did not benefit as much as those who fed from the breast.

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Pot May Stay in Breast Milk for 6 Days

In a finding that should give any new mom pause, researchers report that marijuana can linger in breast milk for almost a week.

Researchers tested breast milk samples from 50 women who used marijuana either daily, weekly or occasionally, and detected THC -- the active component of the drug -- in 63 percent of the samples for up to six days after the mother's last reported use.

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Pediatricians Warn of Rising Use of Pot While Pregnant, Breastfeeding

More and more pregnant or breastfeeding women are using marijuana, and U.S. pediatricians are pushing back against the notion that the drug is "safe."

There's evidence that exposure to marijuana compounds might harm the fetus, and these compounds might also find their way into breast milk, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in a new report.

However, many pregnant ...

Breastfeeding Bonus: Lower Stroke Risk for Mom Years Later

There are a host of health benefits that breastfeeding brings to a baby, but a new study suggests it may also lower a mom's stroke risk later in life.

The research found that women who breastfeed have a 23 percent lower risk of stroke after menopause. The link was even stronger among black women, who had a 48 percent lower risk of postmenopausal stroke.

The study also ...

Good News, Bad News in U.S. Breastfeeding Report

Most new mothers in the United States start out breastfeeding, but many stop sooner than recommended, a new federal government report says.

Of the nearly 4 million babies born in 2015, about 83 percent started out breastfeeding, but fewer than 36 percent were still breastfeeding at 12 months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nearly 6 in 10 ba...

Breast-Feeding Suffers in Homes With Smokers: Study

New mothers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home stop breast-feeding sooner than those in smoke-free households, researchers report.

"Just being in a smoking household -- whether it was the husband, mother or member of the extended family -- reduced the time that a child was breast-fed," said study author Marie Tarrant. She directs the School of Nursing at the University of Bri...

Drinking While Breast-Feeding May Dampen Child's Brain Development

Sorry, new moms, although you've already waited at least nine months, it's not time for a glass of wine just yet: New research suggests it might be best for baby's brain to wait until you've stopped breast-feeding.

That's because exposure to alcohol in breast milk was linked to a reduction in thinking and reasoning skills when kids were tested at ages 6 and 7.

The effect migh...