Fascinating news out of Perth, Australia, as researchers report that human breast milk contains stem cells that potentially could be harvested to treat all manner of injuries and diseases. ScienceAlert quotes molecular biologist Dr. Mark Cregan: We already know how … More
Topic: health of the baby
Perhaps the formula industry never heard the phrase, “Don’t mess with Mother Nature.” In an attempt to market artificial milk as “closer to breast milk” and “closest to human milk,” formula companies developed DHA and ARA fatty acid additives. Those … More
What do you think about the petitions going around like this one and this one that ask eBay to ban the sale of used single-user breast pumps (not the kind that are intended for safe use by multiple users)? Previously … More
Welcome to the latest Carnival of Breastfeeding, where we have gathered together a collection of reviews of books and videos related to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenting. To read all of the reviews, check out the links at the end … More
Is intelligence determined by nature or nurture? The latest breastfeeding study reveals that nature (genetic makeup) and nurture (breastfeeding) work together to develop a child’s IQ. In children with a particular variant of the FADS2 gene (as 90% of children … More
This question came up recently when one of my friends had an emergency appendectomy. Personally I have used this question as a way to weed out (bad) doctors — unless they give me the correct answer or say “I don’t … More
Hi there. Kendra here from Diabetes Notes, a fellow blogger at the science and health channel. Being a nurse, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the words, “I know I can’t breastfeed after I have the … More
What do you do if you notice your breastfed baby has green, frothy stool? Here is the scoop on green poop. There are two main considerations when a baby has green watery bowel movements: (1) oversupply and a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, … More
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports today that there is no link between breastfeeding and early childhood tooth decay. A new study examined data from the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for children aged two to five. Several … More
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I was really happy to hear that there’s a new book coming out this fall on the question of whether or not to have your child vaccinated. Vaccination is a hot topic among my breastfeeding friends, with some women opting … More
Today’s Mom-to-Mom breastfeeding question comes from a mother battling recurrent mastitis. She writes: Q: “Hi, I’m hoping that you, or someone you know can help. I’m a tandem nursing mom to my 2 1/2 year old and my 12 week … More
The FDA has issued a warning about the use of codeine by nursing mothers. The agency notes that breastfeeding mothers have used codeine safely for many years, and codeine is generally considered the safest narcotic drug for pain relief after … More
Recent studies showed that exclusive breastfeeding for six months reduced the risk of HIV transmission from mother to infant down to four percent, whereas supplementation with artificial milk or solid foods posed three or four times that risk of transmission. … More
The Breastfeeding 1-2-3 article “Breastfeeding Protects Maternal Mental Health” was selected as one of the ten posts included in this month’s Healthy and Fit Family Carnival, hosted this round by Kate at Babylune. There’s some great information to be found … More