Category Archives: Science News
Science You Can Use: “Shoot ’em while you got ’em?” New study raises questions about early Depo-Provera shots and breastfeeding problems.
A hot-off-the-press study is raising questions about the effect of early Depo-Provera contraceptive shots and breastfeeding outcomes. For some time I’ve been hearing that mothers – often low income women of color – are being given Depo-Provera shots very early … Continue reading
Last revised on 11/16/2012
Maybe you’ve heard that breastfeeding strengthens your bones. Or maybe your mother-in-law has told you that it weakens your bones. Or if you’re a big breastfeeding nerd you might remember that the mammoth 2007 AHRQ analysis found no conclusive evidence … Continue reading
Last revised on 11/07/2012
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
Last revised on 10/29/2012
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
Last revised on 10/22/2012
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
Last revised on 10/03/2012
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
Last revised on 09/26/2012
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
Last revised on 09/17/2012
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
Last revised on 09/13/2012
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
Last revised on 09/07/2012
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 revised on 09/04/2012