Category Archives: Science News
The CDC’s announcement today of its updated breastfeeding statistics by race contained some especially good news for the “breastfeeding gap” between African American mothers and mothers of other races. First, there is good news across the board. The CDC reports … Continue reading
As Neil Patrick Harris declared on a late night talk show a few years ago, pasteurized donor breastmilk doesn’t come cheap. At the time he was purchasing it directly for his daughter who had some gastrointestinal problems. “It cost more … Continue reading
A recent case study has raised an interesting issue: For women with a vascular condition called Raynaud’s phenomenon, could taking a certain blood pressure medication – Labetalol – cause breastfeeding pain?* This article told the story of a woman in … Continue reading
Did you or someone you know have weight loss surgery? An estimated 84% of weight loss surgeries are performed on women of childbearing age, and weight loss surgery is on the rise, so questions about its implications for breastfeeding are … Continue reading
One in 72 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer sometime during their lives. It’s a hard disease to detect, and is the most deadly of all gynecological cancers. So prevention of ovarian cancer is especially important. Past research … Continue reading
We are learning more and more about the complex fluid that is human milk. We know, for example, that breastmilk contains hundreds of types of complex sugars to feed good bacteria, pathogen-specific antibodies, even cancer-fighting properties, among many other remarkable … Continue reading
Science You Can Use: As states legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana, what does it mean for use while breastfeeding?
Last year’s November’s election legalized medicinal marijuana in two states, bringing the total to 18 states and the District of Columbia. And two states also legalized it for recreational use. So what does it mean to use marijuana while breastfeeding, … Continue reading
Science You Can Use: With education and support, can overweight and obese moms beat the breastfeeding odds?
A few weeks ago I wrote about the plethora of research in 2012 on breastfeeding and maternal obesity. One of the conclusions I think you could reach in reading this new research is that, while obesity does seem to be … Continue reading
Science You Can Use: Nipple shields to kill HIV? Breastmilk as a model for an HIV vaccine? 2012 in breastfeeding and HIV research
Mother-to-child transmission of HIV through breastfeeding is a significant source of new infections in the developing world – accounting for as many as half of the 350,000 new pediatric infections each year world wide. But in developing countries not breastfeeding … Continue reading
Science You Can Use: Could taking metformin in pregnancy increase breastfeeding success of women with PCOS?
Hormonal causes of low milk supply are, in my mind, the final frontier of our understanding of milk supply problems. We know a lot about the normal course of lactation in women without hormonal or metabolic imbalances, and how to … Continue reading