Category Archives: Science News

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

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Last revised on 08/22/2012

Science You Can Use: What does snoring have to do with breastfeeding?

A study just out in Pediatrics has many people trying to connect the dots between three seemingly unrelated issues:  snoring, behavioral problems, and breastfeeding. This prospective study looked at 250 Cincinnati children aged 2 to 3.  The goal:  to determine … Continue reading

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Last revised on 08/14/2012

Science You Can Use: Worried about celiac disease? New analysis says longer breastfeeding, especially at time of gluten introduction, reduces risk

For some time research has been drawing a link between breastfeeding and lowered risk of celiac disease, but a meta analysis published this month* is shedding more  light on this relationship. Celiac disease is an auto-immune condition that damages the … Continue reading

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Last revised on 08/10/2012

Science You Can Use: Does breastfeeding really cause peanut and tree nut allergies?

A recent Australian study about breastfeeding and peanut and tree nut allergies has caused a big stir in the last week, and for good reason.  The authors’ head-turning conclusion:  exclusive breastfeeding may cause peanut and tree nut allergies in children. … Continue reading

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Last revised on 07/19/2012

Science You Can Use: More and more studies show that breastfeeding is important to your heart and metabolic health

A new study from Oxford University out last week shows that mothers who breastfeed have lower body mass index, even into their 50’s. The amount was modest (1% reduction in BMI for every six months of breastfeeding), but it points … Continue reading

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Last revised on 07/17/2012

Science News: Breastmilk is good for adults–yes, really!

TLC’s show Strange Sex will air an episode on an adult breastfeeding fetish tonight (Sunday). Since it’s hard to fight the media’s love of  sensationalizing breastfeeding (again), we thought we’d use this opportunity to shift the focus on to  some … Continue reading

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Last revised on 07/15/2012

Science You Can Use: Could your breastmilk solve the mysteries of breast cancer?

You know that your milk can do amazing things for your baby, but did you know that it may also hold the keys to our understanding of breast cancer risk? Dr. Kathleen Arcaro is an environmental toxicologist at the University … Continue reading

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Last revised on 07/07/2012

Science You Can Use: Why do my baby’s hands always get in the way?

Ever notice that, just when you’re getting your baby latched on, his hands always seem to get in the way?  They seem to be magically drawn to your nipple, or end up in your baby’s mouth. The traditional advice has … Continue reading

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Last revised on 06/27/2012

Science You Can Use: Can music make you make more – and fattier – milk?

Music is food for the soul, they say.  But what it if also made food for babies? A recent study found that mothers of babies in the NICU pumped more milk – and fattier milk – when listening to recorded … Continue reading

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Last revised on 06/22/2012

Science You Can Use: How much DHA do nursing moms need?

Some of you may have heard about a recent meta-analysis published in Pediatrics which found that formula supplemented with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as DHA) did not have a measurable effect on infants’ cognitive development. This is consistent with … Continue reading

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Last revised on 06/12/2012