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TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have identified a compound in breast milk that combats the growth of infection-causing bacteria in infants.

The compound is called glycerol monolaurate (GML), and the amount of GML in human breast milk is more than 200 times higher than in cow's milk. Infant formula has no GML, according to the study.

Along with...

THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Too many American newborns may be undergoing unnecessary tongue and lip surgeries to improve their ability to breastfeed, a new study finds.

These minor "tether release" or frenotomy surgeries involve a snip, using either sterile scissors or a laser, to loosen the frenulum. That's the thin band of tissue that connects a baby's tongue to the ...

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Breast milk provides many benefits for babies. And now researchers say mother's milk contains an antibody that protects premature infants from an often-deadly intestinal bacterial disease called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

Immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies protect against this disease. And preterm infants get IgA from their mother's breas...

MONDAY, June 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If your newborn is breastfeeding and losing weight, will feeding her formula do any harm?

Though doctors have long advised against it, a new study suggests giving baby both formula and the breast is OK.

Researchers said the answer depends on how long a mother intends to breastfeed and it needs to be balanced against the risks newbor...

SATURDAY, April 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Another reason breast is best: Breast milk boosts levels of chemicals crucial for brain growth and development in premature babies with a very low birth weight, a new study reveals.

"Our previous research established that vulnerable preterm infants who are fed breast milk early in life have improved brain growth ...

WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Far too little is known about the safety of medication use during breastfeeding -- and it's time to get some answers, experts say.

It's a critical gap, given that breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for babies -- and moms are encouraged to do it. But when a woman has questions about the safety of any medication she's taking, docto...

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In yet another finding that points out the positives of breastfeeding, scientists report that beneficial fungi and yeasts reside in breast milk.

Previous studies have found bacteria in breast milk, and certain fungi and bacteria are known to be important for infant health.

The researchers found yeasts and other fungi in breast milk f...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pumped breast milk might not be quite as good as milk that comes directly from Mom's breast, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that breast milk from women who pumped tended to have more potentially bad bacteria -- and less abundance and diversity of friendly germs -- than milk from women who only fed their infants from the breast.

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FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The benefits of breastfeeding are wide-ranging.

For baby, they include protection against infections and illnesses, including asthma, as well as reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Babies breastfed for six months are also less likely to become obese.

For mom, breastfeeding decreases the risks of breast and ovaria...

THURSDAY, Jan. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you want breastfeeding to go smoothly, you might want to ask the hospital to delay that first bath for your newborn, new research suggests.

For decades, it's been standard procedure to give newborns a bath within the first few hours after birth, but the new finding suggests that waiting 12 or more hours before doing so may promote breast...

THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- Studies have long touted the benefits of breastfeeding for infants, including stronger immune systems and lower risk for asthma, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. But babies aren't the only ones benefiting: Nursing also appears to provide health benefits for moms.

Research suggests women who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast and...

MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Few American mothers learn from their health care providers that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer, a new study finds.

Researchers surveyed more than 700 mothers. Of the 92 percent who said they'd breastfed, 56 percent said they knew that breastfeeding reduced breast cancer risk before they made the decision to nurse.

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MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breast milk and infant formula both encourage the growth of similar types of bacteria in a baby's digestive system, but the bacteria from the two forms of food work differently, researchers report.

These differences could have health effects that are currently unclear, according to the researchers.

Good bacteria in the digestive trac...

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Paid leave for new mothers may increase breastfeeding rates, but mainly among women with higher incomes, a new study contends.

The United States is the only developed country that does not offer paid leave to new parents on a national level. But four states now offer paid leave, and the study focused on two of the first to do so. California a...

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Another study backs up the belief that "breast is best" when it comes to a baby's health.

In the report, Finnish researchers say that breastfeeding appears to protect babies from dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Due to their weak immune systems, more than 200,000 newborns worldwide die each year of infections caused by antibi...

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The hormone prolactin -- most commonly associated with breastfeeding -- may play a role in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that women with the highest levels of the hormone, though still in the normal range, had a 27 percent reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those with the l...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breastfeeding premature babies could boost their brain development, new research suggests.

Preemies are at risk for long-term problems with thinking and learning. Pre-term birth is believed to affect the brain's white matter, which helps brain cells communicate with each other.

This new, small study found better brain-cell conne...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Moms who breastfeed their first child for at least five months are likely to have more kids than women who stop sooner or bottle-feed, a new study suggests.

The finding comes from an analysis of data on nearly 3,700 mothers collected between 1979 and 2012. Cornell University researchers compared how many children each woman hoped to have b...

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breast milk from the bottle may not have as many benefits for a baby's weight as feeding straight from the breast, a new study suggests.

The researchers found what many others have: Overall, breastfed babies tended to have a healthier weight than those who were formula-fed.

However, babies given pumped breast milk did not benefit as...

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that should give any new mom pause, researchers report that marijuana can linger in breast milk for almost a week.

Researchers tested breast milk samples from 50 women who used marijuana either daily, weekly or occasionally, and detected THC -- the active component of the drug -- in 63 percent of the samples for up to six days aft...

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More and more pregnant or breastfeeding women are using marijuana, and U.S. pediatricians are pushing back against the notion that the drug is "safe."

There's evidence that exposure to marijuana compounds might harm the fetus, and these compounds might also find their way into breast milk, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in a new...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are a host of health benefits that breastfeeding brings to a baby, but a new study suggests it may also lower a mom's stroke risk later in life.

The research found that women who breastfeed have a 23 percent lower risk of stroke after menopause. The link was even stronger among black women, who had a 48 percent lower risk of postme...

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most new mothers in the United States start out breastfeeding, but many stop sooner than recommended, a new federal government report says.

Of the nearly 4 million babies born in 2015, about 83 percent started out breastfeeding, but fewer than 36 percent were still breastfeeding at 12 months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control a...

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home stop breast-feeding sooner than those in smoke-free households, researchers report.

"Just being in a smoking household -- whether it was the husband, mother or member of the extended family -- reduced the time that a child was breast-fed," said study author Marie Tarrant. She directs the ...

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sorry, new moms, although you've already waited at least nine months, it's not time for a glass of wine just yet: New research suggests it might be best for baby's brain to wait until you've stopped breast-feeding.

That's because exposure to alcohol in breast milk was linked to a reduction in thinking and reasoning skills when kids were tested...

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Using any form of nicotine during pregnancy or while nursing may raise a baby's risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), new animal research suggests.

The findings indicate that nicotine patches or electronic cigarettes may not be a safe alternative to cigarettes during pregnancy, the study authors said.

The findings appear in...

MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding has known benefits for both baby and mom, but if a new mom also smokes marijuana, does the drug turn up in her breast milk?

Yes, says new research. But the exact consequences of the small amount of marijuana that makes it to a baby aren't yet clear.

"This study is just a start to see if marijuana transferred into breas...

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's often said breast-feeding is best for babies, but new research suggests it also might have a significant long-term benefit for moms -- preventing type 2 diabetes.

"We found that a longer duration of breast-feeding was associated with a substantially lower risk of type 2 diabetes in women," said lead study author Erica Gunderson.

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THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than half the parents in the United States start feeding their babies solid foods before they're 6 months old -- the age now recommended by health experts, a new study indicates.

Introducing solid foods or new drinks too early could deprive them nutritionally, the researchers warned. Waiting too long can also have negative effects, they...

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Encouraging new mothers to stick with breast-feeding may halve the already small risk that infants will develop eczema when they hit their teens, new research suggests.

And while the study also found no impact on teenage asthma risk, at least one U.S. pediatrician said other studies have supported the role of breast-feeding in potentially cutt...

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The longer a new mom breast-feeds, the stronger her maternal bond may be with her child years later, a new study suggests.

The 10-year study of nearly 1,300 families in the United States found that women who breast-fed their children longer had more maternal sensitivity well past their children's infant and toddler years.

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TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research confirms that breast-feeding for two to four months of a newborn's life can significantly reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

But the study also found moms don't need to breast-feed exclusively to reap that benefit. Even partial breast-feeding will do, the 20-region study found.

"What is, perhaps, su...

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While obesity in pregnancy has long been linked to a higher risk for complications during childbirth, there's now another reason to avoid it: a late start to breast milk production.

That's the finding from a new study of more than 200 women with newborns who planned to breast-feed. The researchers found that delays in "lactogenesis" -- the pr...