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August 31, 2016

HIV Therapy for Breastfeeding Mothers Can Virtually Eliminate Transmission to Babies

July 18, 2016 — For HIV-infected mothers whose immune system is in good health, taking a three-drug antiretroviral regimen during breastfeeding essentially eliminates HIV transmission by breast milk to their ... read more

Garlic Aroma Found in Breast Milk

July 15, 2016 — Food chemists have found that garlic aroma is evident in the breast milk of women who have consumed garlic. This is caused by allyl methyl sulfide -- a metabolite which is first formed in a strong ... read more

Dietary Intake Differs in Infants Who Follow Baby-Led Weaning

May 17, 2016 — Researchers have undertaken the first-ever study looking at what infants eat when they follow baby-led weaning and found that they have a lot of healthy eating habits, but also some less healthy ... read more

Babies of Mothers With Gestational Diabetes Have More Body Fat, Scans Reveal

May 12, 2016 — Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat at two months of age compared to babies born to healthy mothers, says a new study. Scientists used MRI scanning to measure body fat ... read more

Does Supplemental Donor Milk Instead of Formula Reduce Infections in Preterm Infants?

May 2, 2016 — The combined incidence of serious infection, the intestinal disease necrotizing enterocolitis and death was similar in very low-birth-weight infants who received either pasteurized donor milk or ... read more

Breast Milk Linked to Significant Early Brain Growth in Preemies

Apr. 30, 2016 — Feeding premature babies mostly breast milk during the first month of life appears to spur more robust brain growth. Those preemies whose daily diets were at least 50 percent breast milk had more ... read more

Breastfeeding App Shows Promise in Supporting First-Time Mothers

Apr. 30, 2016 — A pilot study found that use of a mobile phone app that provided supportive texts and an online community significantly increased the rate of breastfeeding among new ... read more

A New Secret to the Miracle of Breast Milk Revealed

Apr. 22, 2016 — One of the secrets to rich milk production in lactation has just been uncovered. New studies have revealed that breast cells develop two nuclei as the breast switches on lactation to nurture the ... read more

Unique Biology of Human Breast Milk

Apr. 19, 2016 — Humans may have the most complex breast milk of all mammals. Milk from a human mother contains more than 200 different sugar molecules, way above the average 30-50 found in, for example, mouse or cow ... read more

Infants With Strong Sucking Skills Are More Likely to Gain Additional Weight

Apr. 1, 2016 — A new study of African-American infants finds that those who feed more vigorously at one month of age have higher weight at four months, which may be associated with a later risk for ... read more

Depression Study Examines Levels of 'Love' Hormone and Its Impacts on Mother-Baby Emotional Bonding

Mar. 22, 2016 — Widely referred to as the "love" hormone, oxytocin is an indispensable part of childbirth and emotional mother-child bonding. Psychologists are looking at how breast feeding, oxytocin and ... read more

Child Care Providers Need More Education, Training on Benefits of Breastfeeding, Human Milk

Mar. 9, 2016 — A research team investigated individual child care centers' attitudes and policies related to breastfeeding in two distinct areas in Philadelphia. Their research concluded that there is much ... read more

Work Climate Contributes Significantly to Working Moms' Decision to Breastfeed

Mar. 9, 2016 — Breastfeeding is healthy for baby and for Mom. Research finds there are obstacles to both receiving the full benefits. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six ... read more

Infant Milk Formula Does Not Reduce Risk of Eczema and Allergies

Mar. 9, 2016 — A special type of baby formula does not reduce allergy risk -- despite previous claims to the contrary -- according to new research. The study reviewed data from 37 different trials into hydrolyzed ... read more

Diabetes During Pregnancy Associated With Increased Risk of Low Milk Supply

Feb. 17, 2016 — Women with diabetes during pregnancy face a significantly higher risk of having a low milk supply. This study is believed to be the first to examine maternal diabetes as a risk factor for low milk ... read more

Where Infants Sleep May Affect How Long They Are Breastfed

Feb. 6, 2016 — A new study indicates that mothers who frequently sleep, or bed-share, with their infants consistently breastfeed for longer than mothers who do not bed-share. Also, pregnant women who expressed a ... read more

Maternal Diet Alters the Breast Milk Microbiome and Microbial Gene Content

Feb. 2, 2016 — Breast milk contains a diverse microbiome that is presumed to colonize the infant gastrointestinal tract and contribute to the establishment of the infant gut microbiome. The composition of the ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — The composition of the gut microbiome in infants at six weeks of age appears to be associated with the delivery method by which they were born and how they were fed, according to a new ... read more

Low Zinc Levels May Suggest Potential Breast-Feeding Problems

Dec. 22, 2015 — Zinc levels in breast milk may be able to serve as an indicator of breast function during lactation, according to health researchers who suggest that by identifying women with abnormally low levels ... read more

Breastfeeding Lowers Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Following Gestational Diabetes

Nov. 23, 2015 — Women with gestational diabetes who consistently and continuously breastfeed from the time of giving birth are half as likely to develop type 2 diabetes within two years after delivery, according to ... read more

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