Category Archives: Science News
If you are interested in donating breastmilk for this research effort, please visit the UMass Breastmilk Lab website to learn about current studies! Could your breastmilk hold clues to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer? It’s a question under … Continue reading
We’ve known for a while that when it comes to sagging breasts in mothers, it’s pregnancy, not breastfeeding, that’s the culprit. In fact, one study suggests that skin texture and appearance is actually better (more toned) in breastfeeding women. … Continue reading
Could breastfeeding during your childbearing years mean a lower risk of Alzheimer’s in your sixties and beyond? A provocative new study which has found an association between breastfeeding and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease raises that possibility. This small … Continue reading
Every once in a while I see the bumper sticker that says, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Maybe it’s time for a new one that says, “If you think supporting breastfeeding is expensive, try disease.” Okay, that … Continue reading
A new study making headlines this week suggests that “early limited formula” use actually increases the chances that babies will be exclusively breastfeed later on. This small study enrolled 40 full-term newborns between 24-48 hours old who had lost more … Continue reading
Have you breastfed a baby past the one year mark? If so, a new study in Pediatrics, which found an association between breastfeeding for a year or more and iron deficiency, might have you a bit alarmed.* We thought it … Continue reading
Have you heard the term “food desert?” It means an area where people have little or no access to grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet. The food that is for sale in … Continue reading
We all know that breastfeeding support in hospitals is important. But we also know that the need for support doesn’t end at hospital discharge. If anything, the show is just beginning. Much of the current emphasis at reforming breastfeeding policies … Continue reading
Science You Can Use: How many babies start solids before 4 months, and why? The CDC told us this week.
“My pediatrician told me at our 4 month appointment, ‘if you don’t start her on solids before 6 months, she’ll never learn how to eat!’” “Upon recommendations from WIC and my doctor I tried giving her baby food at four … Continue reading
Science You Can Use: New study says breastfeeding is not associated with obesity risk. Let’s take a closer look.
Have you heard the news that a recent study found that breastfeeding is not associated with lowered risk of childhood obesity? But you may also have heard that breastfeeding protects against obesity. In fact, the Surgeon General writes that not … Continue reading