A study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley linked breastfeeding to a genetic mutation distinct to ancestors of Native Americans and East Asians. This mutation may have helped the ancestors survive during the last Ice Age.
Ancient April 24, 2018
Women, who regularly smoke marijuana while breastfeeding, could have exposed their babies to THC, a psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis. Scientists have yet to find its effects on the baby’s neurological development.
Public Health April 11, 2018
A transgender woman was able to successfully breastfeed her adopted baby. This scientific medical breakthrough in transgender medicine will likely allow transgender women to lactate even without surgery.
Public Health February 15, 2018
Children who were breastfed for over two years are more at risk of developing severe dental cavities. Prolonged nighttime feeding and the composition of human milk may also be contributing factors.
Public Health July 1, 2017
A new study showed that breastfeeding may reduce a mother’s risk of suffering a heart attack and stroke later in life. Learn how the practice could positively impact a mom's cardiovascular health.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 23, 2017
Orangutans nurse longer than any other mammal, sometimes into the ninth year of life. Find out what drives this long breastfeeding in orangutans and how the food supply affects weaning in these primates.
Animals May 18, 2017
A new study debunks the idea that breastfeeding babies would make them smarter. Despite this, there are a number of reasons why mothers are still urged to consider giving breast milk to their kids.
Public Health March 28, 2017
Researchers have concluded that while breastfeeding offers short-term benefits related to nutrition, the long-term cognitive and developmental effects are negligible. The mother and child relationship is also important, according to the research.
Neuroscience March 28, 2017
Jillian Johnson, a mother who decided to breastfeed her son Landon, shares the story of his death after he accidentally starved. 'Breast is best, but follow with the bottle,' she says.
Public Health March 4, 2017
From editing cute pictures to tracking feedings, these are the best apps for babies that every parent needs to download.
Apps/Software February 23, 2017
A North Carolina mother wants to press criminal charges against a day care worker who breast-fed her 3-month-old son without permission. The baby, who was lactose-intolerant, had to be hospitalized after the incident.
Life & Style February 9, 2017
The US Preventive Services Task Force suggests that appropriate intervention by healthcare providers could help promote rate and duration of breastfeeding. The recommendations also challenge WHO’s advice on pacifier use.
Healthy Living/Wellness October 27, 2016
Breastfeeding has long been treated as a child health issue but researchers have found that it also has a hand in protecting mothers. According to their findings, breastfeeding as recommended reduces risks of premature death and serious diseases.
Healthy Living/Wellness September 30, 2016
Infants are fragile, susceptible to various conditions because of their delicate state. Those predisposed to asthma, however, may find protection from respiratory systems if they are breastfed.
Healthy Living/Wellness September 5, 2016
Newborn babies are susceptible to infections because they have not built up their immunity yet. Against a meningitis-causing bacteria, however, researchers have discovered that a certain breast milk sugar may have protective benefit.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 28, 2016
UNICEF warns that as many as 77 million newborns in the world are not breastfed by their mothers within the first hour of life. This leaves them more likely to die as they are deprived of vital nutrients and antibodies.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 1, 2016
Breastfeeding is good for babies but not when taken in conjunction with antibiotics. Prescribing antibiotics to infants reduces the health benefits they can get from their mother's milk, which carries lifelong consequences.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 16, 2016
Cow’s milk might contain some vital prebiotic similar to what mother's milk constitutes of, according to a new research. This prebiotic compound encourages the growth of a baby’s gut bacteria and ensures supply of essential nutrients to the baby.
April 20, 2016
Fewer babies in the United States are getting painful ear infections now compared with two decades ago, a new study revealed. The decline is apparently connected to new vaccinations, higher rates of breastfeeding, and the drop in smoking rate.
Life March 29, 2016
Babies need to have vitamin D supplements if they continue to breastfeed after their first birthday. A new study shows that children may be at risk of vitamin D deficiency even if breast milk is supplemented with solid food beyond the age of 1.
Life February 21, 2016
A new report from the World Health Organization and UNICEF found that breastfeeding provided a number of benefits to both mothers and children. Researchers discovered that the practice can help prevent 800,000 child deaths and 20,000 breast cancer deaths annually.
Life January 29, 2016
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends breastfeeding for the first year of life, but it is also calling on ob-gyns to provide support for moms who decide not to breastfeed.
Life January 27, 2016
Rapid weight gain in infants and toddlers was linked to a greater risk of high blood pressure later during childhood. More health issues could follow in young adult years, including high cholesterol and high blood sugar.
Life January 25, 2016
An 11-month-old infant developed a rare case of scurvy. The condition emerged as a result of the infant being fed only with almond milk.
Life January 18, 2016
Some adults have never drank breast milk probably because they were never breastfed when they were babies. In a new BuzzFeed video, volunteers were asked to taste breast milk, and the results were astounding.
Life December 16, 2015
A study found that babies who are given up to a year of liquid HIV drug formula, while being breastfed by HIV-positive mothers, were protected from infection. It emphasized the need to educate moms about continuing risks of HIV transmission to babies.
Life November 24, 2015
Women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) who exclusively or mostly breast-fed for at least two months after giving birth and continued to do so afterwards slashed their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by half. GDM strikes in up to 9 percent of pregnant Americans.
Life November 24, 2015
Breast milk is still best for babies in more ways than one. New research found levels of cortisol in breastfed babies to be less impulsive at six months.
Life October 20, 2015
More hospitals are supporting new moms to breastfeed, but more improvements are needed. This is according to CDC's f latest Vital Signs report, which measured the percentage of hospital practicing the 'Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.'
Life October 7, 2015
The IQ of babies who were breastfed for at least the first four months of life is no better than those of babies who were bottle-fed. Researchers said that breasfeeding offers little or no benefit to a child's cognitive development.
Life September 24, 2015
Scientists conducted a study to find out how much of a widely-used chemical is transmitted to babies through breastfeeding. They found PFAS levels to increase in the blood of children and decrease after breastfeeding ended. There is no reason to discourage breastfeeding and there are no current laws to test PFAS transfer to children.
Life August 22, 2015
Policies that promote breastfeeding in the workplace must be implemented to increase the numbers of children and mothers benefiting from the said healthy nursing practice. Experts say that in the long run, business owners and employers may also reap rewards from such policies as employee satisfaction and less absenteeism become more possible.
Life August 4, 2015
Breastfeeding does not only provide benefits to babies, but to moms as well. In line with this, the World Breastfeeding Week is being held every year to promote the utmost importance and advantages of continuous breastfeeding.
Life August 3, 2015
New mothers are not being provided with proper information on care of their infant, a new study reveals. How could this happen?
Life July 28, 2015
Come September, working mothers at IBM will be able to take advantage of a breast milk delivery service when they are traveling.
Life July 15, 2015
Infants breastfed for at least six months face reduced risks for childhood leukemia, a study review finds. The risk is 19 percent less than for infants who aren't breastfed, researchers say.
Life June 1, 2015
Among its many benefits, breastfeeding could reduce both the risk of breast cancer recurrence and death by breast cancer.
Life April 29, 2015
Breast milk bought online can be contaminated and dangerous for infants, researchers say. They call for more regulation on a fast-growing Internet activity.
Society March 25, 2015
A new study involving nearly 6,000 participants has shown that babies who were breastfed were more likely to become successful in life. They tend to be more educated, more intelligent and earn more.
Life March 18, 2015
Bacteria passed from mother to babies in breast milk helps an infant's immune system develop, researchers find. Study boosts belief that a completely sterile environment is not necessarily good for babies, they say.
Life February 22, 2015
Facebook has changed its obscene content policy to allow pictures of breastfeeding mothers to stay online. Formerly any picture containing an exposed female nipple was removed.
Internet June 16, 2014
Facebook lightens up on breastfeeding photos, says mothers can post pictures of them feeding their baby even with the nipple exposed. Thanks to #FreeTheNipple.
Internet June 15, 2014
Severe iodine deficiency in pregnant women can lead to mental retardation and stunted growth in their offspring. Still, as many as a third of pregnant women in the U.S. are iodine deficient.
Life May 27, 2014
Breastfeeding is good for babies, researchers also found a link between lower risks for cardiovascular diseases, disability and early death in adults who were breastfed when they were infant.
Life April 24, 2014