Initiation of Breastfeeding by Breast Crawl

Initiation of Breastfeeding by Breast Crawl UNICEF, WHO and WABA along with the scientific community strongly recommend initiating breastfeeding within an hour of birth. Every newborn, when placed on the mother’s abdomen, soon after birth, has the ability to find its mother’s breast all on its own and to decide when to take the first […]

AAP Policy Statement—Hospital Stay for Healthy Term Newborns

From February, in case you haven’t seen it… AAP Policy Statement—Hospital Stay for Healthy Term Newborns (PDF file; Feb 2010) …all efforts should be made to keep mothers and infants together to promote simultaneous discharge… …the breastfeeding mother and infant should be assessed by trained staff regarding breastfeeding position, latch-on, and adequacy of swallowing)…

Great posts on finding & evaluating research…

I just ran across some lovely blog posts by Andrea Lythgoe at Science & Sensibility (a research blog from Lamaze International) on finding and evaluating research. She wrote a series on Tracking Down Studies, and is currently continuing her series on Becoming a Critical Reader (the post at the top of the page is the […]

Does breastfeeding prevent postpartum depression?

This article on the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine blog explores the research that has been done on breastfeeding and PPD… Does breastfeeding prevent postpartum depression? It would be great if the answer were an unequivocal “Yes!” Postpartum depression, or PPD, is one of the most common complication of childbirth, affecting about 1 in 10 new moms, […]

Substance in breastmilk kills cancer cells

We’ve known about this for some time (looks like the first paper was published in 1995) but it’s always amazing to read about. Substance in breast milk kills cancer cells A substance found in breast milk can kill cancer cells, reveal studies carried out by researchers at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg. Although […]

Does your DR know?

Does your DR know about LACTMED and Hale’s “Medications and Mothers’ Milk”  (or other good sources of info on medications and breastfeeding)? Jayawickrama HS, Amir LH, Pirotta MV. GPs’ decision-making when prescribing medicines for breastfeeding women: Content analysis of a survey. BMC Res Notes. 2010 Mar 23;3(1):82. [Epub ahead of print]

Internet child health advice ‘wrong’

Internet child health advice ‘wrong’ Typing your child’s medical problem into Google is unlikely to deliver much in the way of good advice, UK researchers have said. Here’s the study: Scullard P, Peacock C, Davies P. Googling children’s health: reliability of medical advice on the internet. Arch Dis Child. 2010 Apr 6.

Study: Spanking Kids Leads to More Aggressive Behavior

Study: Spanking Kids Leads to More Aggressive Behavior Now researchers at Tulane University provide the strongest evidence yet against the use of spanking: of the nearly 2,500 youngsters in the study, those who were spanked more frequently at age 3 were more likely to be aggressive by age 5. The research supports earlier work on […]

What about the maternal health impact of suboptimal breastfeeding?

An analysis that is missing half the equation I was pleased to see Melissa Bartick’s effort to appraise US policy-makers of the economic costs of suboptimal breastfeeding. However, any analysis that is missing the effects of lactation on maternal health will grossly underestimate the true costs to the US of suboptimal breastfeeding.

2 birth items: breech birth, delayed pushing

Vaginal Birth Better for Breech Babies Says Canadian Doctors The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada has announced that c-sections are no longer recommended for breech babies! This is contrary to common practice in North America, in which very few doctors or midwives will attempt a vaginal delivery on a breech baby. Another […]

Don’t Believe Every Breastfeeding Study You See…

Don’t Believe Every Breastfeeding Study You See… . . . until you’ve asked some important questions. Breastfeeding is a hot topic in the news, guaranteed to drive up page views and unique visitors.   Best for Babes is very concerned about any news outlets that are exploiting breastfeeding’s celebrity status and putting out information to the public […]

Study shows obesity in infants can be diagnosed at 6 months

Study shows obesity in infants can be diagnosed at 6 months By analyzing the electronic medical records of babies seen for routine “well-child” visits to the UTMB pediatric clinic, the investigators found that about 16 percent of 6-month-olds fit the study’s criterion for obesity — a weight-for-length ratio that put them in the top 5 […]

From AOL News: Pediatricians Need to Get With the Breastfeeding Program

Opinion: Pediatricians Need to Get With the Breastfeeding Program Given my own experience, I naturally assumed that every pediatrician was trained to help babies and mothers succeed at nursing — guiding them through the difficulties and answering questions. But many aren’t, and as we learned this week, the cost in health and dollars is significant.

Research: Human milk-based fortifier for preemies = less NEC

In this study, the researchers compared extremely premature babies receiving human milk fortified with either a human-milk-based or a cow’s-milk-based fortifier. The babies who received no cow’s milk-based products had lower rates of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Sullivan S, et. al. An Exclusively Human Milk-Based Diet Is Associated with a Lower Rate of Necrotizing Enterocolitis than […]

New study: Drooping/sagging breasts not caused by breastfeeding…

The technical term for dropping or sagging of the breasts is “breast ptosis” (try to use that one in everyday conversation!) Breast Ptosis: Causes and Cure. Rinker B, Veneracion M, Walsh CP. Breast Ptosis: Causes and Cure. Ann Plast Surg. 2010 Mar 29. [Epub ahead of print] …History of breast-feeding, weight gain during pregnancy, […]

Kangaroo Care study

New Research Shows “Kangaroo Mother Care” Reduces Newborn Deaths More than 50 Percent, Proven to be More Effective than Incubators for Stable Preterm Babies WESTPORT, Conn., (March 26, 2010) – Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is one of the most effective ways to save preterm babies, according to a new meta-analysis released today on the […]

Some articles on depression therapies…

Bright Light Therapy for Depression Bright light therapy is a generally safe, well-tolerated treatment option for seasonal depression. It may relieve non-seasonal depression as well. Bright light therapy is also breastfeeding friendly and can be used during pregnancy. Can Fats Make You Happy? by Kathleen A Kendall-Tackett Becoming a mother can be wonderful—and […]

Preterm Infants– Breastfeeding Versus Bottle-Feeding

A few references that talk about the differences between breastfeeding & bottle-feeding preterm babies… Chapman DJ. Building the Evidence Base: Preterm Infants’ Energy Expenditure After Breastfeeding Versus Bottle-Feeding. J Hum Lact. 2010 Mar 19. [Epub ahead of print] Berger I, Weintraub V, Dollberg S, Kopolovitz R, Mandel D. Energy expenditure for breastfeeding and […]

New Study on Breast Cancer Prevention

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) “recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for up to six months and then add other liquids and foods. Evidence is convincing that mothers who breastfeed reduce their risk for breast cancer. There is also probable evidence that children who are breastfed have a lower risk of gaining excess weight […]

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration, by State The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding to age 6 months and continued breastfeeding for at least the first year of life. The Healthy People 2010 targets for initiating breastfeeding, breastfeeding to age 6 months, and breastfeeding to age 12 month…

Do attitudes about formula explain breastfeeding disparity?

Do attitudes about formula explain breastfeeding disparity? A new research study conducted at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has found that black mothers’ attitudes about formula may explain disparate breastfeeding rates. According to the study, moms of all races (Black, White, Hispanic and Asian) are equally comfortable with the idea of breastfeeding…

Study urges vitamin D supplement for infants

Study urges vitamin D supplement for infants And another study shows that 36% of mothers were deficient in vitamin D, too. Here are the two studies: Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency in Urban Massachusetts Newborns and Their Mothers Adherence to Vitamin D Recommendations Among US Infants 

A study on silymarin (milk thistle) for increasing milk production

Clinical efficacy, safety and tolerability of BIO-C® (micronized Silymarin) as a galactagogue Results:Women orally treated for 63 days with Silymarin showed a clear galactagogue role for the product with an increase of 85.94% of the daily milk production (placebo: +32.09%). No drop out, nor unwanted effects were reported in both groups. Compliance and tolerability […]

Breast-Feeding Helps Mom Stay Slimmer Later in Life

2010.03.08 — Breast-Feeding Helps Mom Stay Slimmer Later in Life FRIDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) — The benefits of breast-feeding for infants are numerous and well-known, but researchers are finding more and more that breast-feeding can be a boon to mom’s health as well.  “The study, which was scheduled to be presented Friday at […]

What are the Risks Associated with Formula Feeding?

What are the Risks Associated with Formula Feeding? A Re-Analysis and Review Background: Most infant feeding studies present infant formula use as “standard” practice, supporting perceptions of formula feeding as normative and hindering translation of current research into counseling messages supportive of exclusive breastfeeding… The Risks of Not Breastfeeding for Mothers and Infants […]

Breastfeeding Protects Against Rotavirus

Breastfeeding Protects Against Rotavirus Diarrhea MORE Than Vaccination Exclusive breastfeeding reduces Rotavirus diarrhea in Brazil by 90% vs. a 40% reduction in Rotavirus diarrhea by vaccination in Mexico. The studies discussed in the article above: Gulland A. Rotavirus vaccine cuts deaths of Mexican babies from diarrhoea by 40%. BMJ 2010;340:c511 Maranhão HS, Medeiros MC, […]

Research: Breastfed individuals taller in adulthood

Holmes VA, Cardwell C, McKinley MC, Young IS, Murray LJ, Boreham CA, Woodside JV.  Association between breast-feeding and anthropometry and CVD risk factor status in adolescence and young adulthood: the Young Hearts Project, Northern Ireland. Public Health Nutr. 2009 Oct 7:1-8. … [Public Health Nutr. 2009] –  CONCLUSIONS: Compared with those who had not been […]

Internal/External Monitoring in Labor

Internal/External Monitoring Show Equal Rates of Fetal Distress, C-Section The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study that looked at labor (contraction) monitoring and different birth outcomes in hospitals. The study was conducted in the Netherlands (where rates of neonatal and maternal health and well-being are much better than in the United […]

Soy formula & fibroids

Soy formula associated with higher risk of fibroids in women. — Environmental Health News Women who were fed infant formula containing soy as babies are 25% more likely to develop uterine fibroids than those who were breastfed or given milk-based formula.