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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Changes to infant gut bacteria and food allergies are linked to C-section birth, ethnicity

Changes to infant gut bacteria and food allergies are linked to C-section birth, ethnicity

COVID-19 vaccination of lactating mothers elicits specific IgA antibodies in breast milk

COVID-19 vaccination of lactating mothers elicits specific IgA antibodies in breast milk

Study finds no evidence of SARS-CoV2 transmission by breast milk

Study finds no evidence of SARS-CoV2 transmission by breast milk

Serum and breast milk SARS-CoV-2 antibodies correlated in vaccinated mothers

Serum and breast milk SARS-CoV-2 antibodies correlated in vaccinated mothers

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine ensures long-term protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection, suggests study

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine ensures long-term protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection, suggests study

COVID-19 antibodies persist in breast milk for months following mother’s vaccination

COVID-19 antibodies persist in breast milk for months following mother’s vaccination

Study lists five facts to know about antihistamines

Study lists five facts to know about antihistamines

Determination of vaccine-elicited SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in breastmilk

Determination of vaccine-elicited SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in breastmilk

New recommendations to improve “mother's own milk” for premature infants

New recommendations to improve “mother's own milk” for premature infants

Study suggests SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in breast milk are robust, neutralizing and durable

Study suggests SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in breast milk are robust, neutralizing and durable

Propylparaben exposure during pregnancy may lessen protection against breast cancer

Propylparaben exposure during pregnancy may lessen protection against breast cancer

Study highlights the importance of ensuring newborns have close contact with parents during COVID-19

Study highlights the importance of ensuring newborns have close contact with parents during COVID-19

COVID-19 pandemic is affecting quality of care given to small and sick newborn babies

COVID-19 pandemic is affecting quality of care given to small and sick newborn babies

Researchers highlight the need to strengthen dietary and infant feeding guidelines

Researchers highlight the need to strengthen dietary and infant feeding guidelines

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine elicits antibodies in blood and breastmilk simultaneously, finds study

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine elicits antibodies in blood and breastmilk simultaneously, finds study

Vaccine mRNA not found in breast milk after COVID mRNA vaccination

Vaccine mRNA not found in breast milk after COVID mRNA vaccination

Study shows persistence of marijuana THC in breast milk for six weeks

Study shows persistence of marijuana THC in breast milk for six weeks

Despite modest progress, maternal and child undernutrition remains a key health concern

Despite modest progress, maternal and child undernutrition remains a key health concern

New mothers need dietary guidance when providing breast milk to children with food allergy

New mothers need dietary guidance when providing breast milk to children with food allergy

Study: Having children three years apart can prevent child stunting

Study: Having children three years apart can prevent child stunting