Category Archives: Science News
The news about breastmilk’s cancer-fighting properties has been coming fast and furious recently, and I thought it would be a good idea to recap some of the most interesting findings: HAMLET – Short for Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumor … Continue reading
While the health effects of breastfeeding get plenty of attention, you’re less likely to hear about some of the interactions between breastfeeding and psychological development. That’s why I was so excited to learn about the research of psychologist Dr. Darcia … Continue reading
Did you know that over half of American infants receive support from the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program each year, at over 9,000 clinic locations? That the program is the largest purchaser of infant formula in the U.S.? That … Continue reading
Did you notice this headline last month? “Tiniest babies may need formula along with breast milk.” That article was prompted by a new study on very low birth weight (VLBW) infants which concluded that while these infants can grow appropriately … Continue reading
Science You Can Use: Milk coming in late puts breastfeeding at risk, says new study. But is there anything you can do to make your milk come in on time?
Did your milk come in late? A new study says that a delay (defined as 72 hours or later postpartum) puts breastfeeding at risk. Specifically, the study from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, found that a delay in milk coming in … Continue reading
Science You Can Use: Did you protect your baby against depression in adulthood by breastfeeding? If so, how?
This week the media reported on a study published earlier this year suggesting an association between breastfeeding and lowered risk of depression among children in adulthood. It was a small, retrospective study comparing the infant feeding histories of adults being … Continue reading
You may have it from your mother, or maybe from a celebrity, but you’ve probably heard it: Breastfeeding causes your breasts to sag. This may be widely believed, but a new (ahem) uplifting study says that not only does breastfeeding … Continue reading
By William Parker, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine Post-industrial cultures face a barrage of pandemics of allergic and autoimmune diseases. (Pandemics are epidemics which occur in multiple regions of the planet simultaneously.) These pandemics involve … Continue reading
Last week we posted on Facebook about a new paper suggesting that wet nursing could function as a form of gene therapy for inherited genetic disorders. Obviously this is mind bending concept, and also a complex and highly technical one. … Continue reading
Science You Can Use: Cesarean birth without labor associated with breastfeeding problems, say two new studies.
Two studies out this year are have reached a troubling conclusion: cesarean births without labor are associated with breastfeeding difficulty. This is troubling because for many women a planned cesarean is their only in-hospital birthing “option.” More on that in … Continue reading