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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SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in breast milk: Study

SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in breast milk: Study

Report highlights global shortfalls to end HIV infections among children and young women

Report highlights global shortfalls to end HIV infections among children and young women

Occasional breastfeeding shown to improve cardiac and vascular health in babies, with long-lasting benefits

Occasional breastfeeding shown to improve cardiac and vascular health in babies, with long-lasting benefits

Messenger RNA vaccines against COVID-19 not found in breast milk

Messenger RNA vaccines against COVID-19 not found in breast milk

Bacteroides-dominant gut microbiome linked with advanced cognition and language skills in infant boys

Bacteroides-dominant gut microbiome linked with advanced cognition and language skills in infant boys

Preliminary study shows no need to cease breastfeeding following COVID-19 vaccination

Preliminary study shows no need to cease breastfeeding following COVID-19 vaccination

Study examines safety of COVID-19 vaccination during lactation

Study examines safety of COVID-19 vaccination during lactation

NIH begins study to evaluate how pregnant, postpartum people react to COVID-19 vaccines

NIH begins study to evaluate how pregnant, postpartum people react to COVID-19 vaccines

Study shows a robust immune response to COVID-19 vaccine in breastfeeding health workers

Study shows a robust immune response to COVID-19 vaccine in breastfeeding health workers

Benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the complications, long-term effects of the disease

Benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the complications, long-term effects of the disease

Study shows how epigenetic factors modulate the risk of type 1 diabetes

Study shows how epigenetic factors modulate the risk of type 1 diabetes

Study shows link between breast milk, gut bacteria, and development of the immune system

Study shows link between breast milk, gut bacteria, and development of the immune system

Using natural killers from the immune system to target breast cancer cells

Using natural killers from the immune system to target breast cancer cells

Promoting infant healthy feeding practices can result in lower consumption of fats, carbohydrates later

Promoting infant healthy feeding practices can result in lower consumption of fats, carbohydrates later

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may not be associated with adverse effects on fertility and breastfeeding, says study

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may not be associated with adverse effects on fertility and breastfeeding, says study

New study launched to understand COVID impact on mental health in parents and babies

New study launched to understand COVID impact on mental health in parents and babies

Do vaccinations result in anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in human milk?

Do vaccinations result in anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in human milk?

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines safe and effective for pregnant and breastfeeding women

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines safe and effective for pregnant and breastfeeding women

Breastfeeding safe and beneficial in SARS-CoV-2 infection

Breastfeeding safe and beneficial in SARS-CoV-2 infection

Nursing mothers' tweets help understand the factors influencing breastfeeding behaviors

Nursing mothers' tweets help understand the factors influencing breastfeeding behaviors