Tag Archives: exclusive breastfeeding

Booby Traps Series: “Las dos” and other cultural barriers to breastfeeding

A while back I wrote about cultural Booby Traps in the hospital, and offered my own embarrassing story of how, in trying to help a mom, I found myself creating a Booby Trap for a mom. But the flip side … Continue reading

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Last revised on 10/23/2013

Science You Can Use: More breastfeeding could save mothers’ lives and billions of dollars.

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

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Last revised on 06/12/2013

Science You Can Use: Flawed study says early formula use increases exclusive breastfeeding

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

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Last revised on 05/13/2013

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

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Last revised on 03/27/2013

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

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Last revised on 12/18/2012

Booby Traps Series: Big hospitals to be evaluated on exclusive breastfeeding rates by the Joint Commission

This post is the 65th in a series on Booby Traps, made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. Here’s a big piece of news in the fight against Booby Traps:  The Joint Commission will now require larger … Continue reading

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Last revised on 12/11/2012

Science You Can Use: Is it a good idea for diabetic moms to express colostrum prenatally? A new study investigates.

For a while I’ve been hearing about a novel way to help moms of diabetics avoid supplementing their newborns with formula:  prenatal colostrum expression. It seems like a kind of elegant solution to a complicated problem, in ways I’ll explain … Continue reading

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Last revised on 12/05/2012

Science You Can Use: Some obese women struggle with breastfeeding, but new research suggests it’s not all about physiology.

The other day I was doing some looking back at the research on breastfeeding in 2012, and a couple of themes immediately jumped out at me. One was the large number of studies on mother-to-child transmission of HIV – a … Continue reading

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Last revised on 11/30/2012

Booby Traps Series: Let’s give thanks for this year’s Booby Trap-busting developments

This is the 62nd in a series of posts on Booby Traps, made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. You might think that writing each week about Booby Traps would make one feel pretty discouraged. But I’m … Continue reading

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Last revised on 11/19/2012

Did changes in WIC packages make you choose exclusive breastfeeding? A new study investigates.

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

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Last revised on 10/03/2012