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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Essential coaching for mothers during COVID-19

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Lactating women should discuss risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination, says ABM

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Antibodies and inflammatory markers are pervasive in colostrum of SARS-CoV-2 infected women

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Innovative artistic intervention can help reduce fatal health threat to young African children

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Research offers clues on why pregnancy may raise risk of organ transplant rejection

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A new handbook for treating infections in pregnant patients

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Drinking cow's milk during breastfeeding linked to reduced risk of food allergies in children

Drinking milk during breastfeeding can reduce food allergy in children

Drinking milk during breastfeeding can reduce food allergy in children

Two major grants offer support for international mother-baby iron supplements study

Two major grants offer support for international mother-baby iron supplements study

Mother's diet while breastfeeding can shape the profile of human milk oligosaccharides

Mother's diet while breastfeeding can shape the profile of human milk oligosaccharides

Lipid metabolite in human breast milk can benefit the offspring in early postnatal period

Lipid metabolite in human breast milk can benefit the offspring in early postnatal period

Midwife-led interventions could avert two-thirds of maternal, newborn deaths and stillbirths by 2035

Midwife-led interventions could avert two-thirds of maternal, newborn deaths and stillbirths by 2035

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Infants show high night-to-night variability in sleeping patterns

Multiple pregnancies may affect the body's physical aging process

Multiple pregnancies may affect the body's physical aging process

Pregnant women with COVID-19 have low risk of developing severe symptoms

Pregnant women with COVID-19 have low risk of developing severe symptoms

Children born via Cesarean section may face increased risk of infection

Children born via Cesarean section may face increased risk of infection

Modifiable risk factors in the first 1000 days of life predict higher adiposity and cardiometabolic risk

Modifiable risk factors in the first 1000 days of life predict higher adiposity and cardiometabolic risk

Care pathways for pregnant women with COVID‐19

Care pathways for pregnant women with COVID‐19

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Maternal exposure to flame retardants causes diabetes in offspring

Trial results show CAB LA is more effective in preventing HIV acquisition in women

Trial results show CAB LA is more effective in preventing HIV acquisition in women