Breastfeeding

Many women choose to breastfeed their babies due to the significant health benefits provided over infant formula for both baby and mother. Any amount of breastfeeding has positive effects and the longer a child is breastfed for, the longer the health benefits will last for both baby and mother.
What is Breastfeeding?

Breast milk from the mother, or another lactating mother (in case of unwilling mothers and royalty), has nourished, protected and helped raise babies since time immemorial. Like all mammals humans possess mammary glands for the purpose of feeding their infants before they are ready for food from other sources.

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New studies investigate role of COVID-19 in breast milk and pregnancy

New studies investigate role of COVID-19 in breast milk and pregnancy

Who should stay at home due to coronavirus?

Who should stay at home due to coronavirus?

Study examines e-cigarette use by women during preconception and/or pregnancy

Study examines e-cigarette use by women during preconception and/or pregnancy

Breast milk may help protect preemies from developing sepsis

Breast milk may help protect preemies from developing sepsis

Newer antiretroviral drugs may be the safest, most effective HIV treatment during pregnancy

Newer antiretroviral drugs may be the safest, most effective HIV treatment during pregnancy

New guide aims to help doctors ease moms through first week of breastfeeding

New guide aims to help doctors ease moms through first week of breastfeeding

Knowing opioid use following cesarean delivery can inform individualized prescriptions

Knowing opioid use following cesarean delivery can inform individualized prescriptions

PrEP drug levels found to lower among pregnant African adolescent girls and young women

PrEP drug levels found to lower among pregnant African adolescent girls and young women

Paid maternity leave associated with mental and physical health benefits for mothers, children

Paid maternity leave associated with mental and physical health benefits for mothers, children

Rotavirus vaccination not linked to type 1 diabetes mellitus risk

Rotavirus vaccination not linked to type 1 diabetes mellitus risk

Despite a birth by a Colorado legislator, paid family leave bill feels labor pains

Despite a birth by a Colorado legislator, paid family leave bill feels labor pains

Respiratory antivirals and risk to breastfeeding women

Respiratory antivirals and risk to breastfeeding women

Exclusive breastfeeding for first 3 months associated with lower risk of respiratory allergies

Exclusive breastfeeding for first 3 months associated with lower risk of respiratory allergies

Maternal psychological distress during pregnancy influences child's gut immunity

Maternal psychological distress during pregnancy influences child's gut immunity

Optimizing the use of oxytocin to help people overcome social difficulties

Optimizing the use of oxytocin to help people overcome social difficulties

Study highlights prevalence of sexually-related personal distress in young women

Study highlights prevalence of sexually-related personal distress in young women

Novel parenting elective allows pediatric residents to spend more time with their babies

Novel parenting elective allows pediatric residents to spend more time with their babies

Association between HMO concentrations and infant weight, body composition

Association between HMO concentrations and infant weight, body composition

Maternal use of cosmetics containing parabens tied to child's future overweight

Maternal use of cosmetics containing parabens tied to child's future overweight

Oligosaccharide 2'FL in breast milk enhances cognitive development in babies

Oligosaccharide 2'FL in breast milk enhances cognitive development in babies