Breast-Feeding News

Breast-feeding is the act of a mother feeding a baby from her breasts, which is the natural way for babies to feed during the early part of their life. Research indicates that breast-feeding imparts a number of advantages to the health and wellness of both the baby and the mother. Still, the practice can sometimes be a challenge for new mothers. Most health organizations recommend that a mother breast-feed for at least 12 months, if possible, and feed the baby exclusively breast milk for the first six months.

Advantages of Breast-Feeding

When babies are first born, the milk they receive from their mother is called colostrum. It’s thicker and filled with nutrients and antibodies to help the baby get off to a good start. As time goes on, the breast milk changes and gets thinner, but it still seems to help the baby in many ways. Research has shown that breast-fed babies have lower levels of asthma, diabetes, obesity and other future health problems.

What’s more, breast-feeding seems to have a number of advantages for the mother, as well. Lower levels of postpartum depression, diabetes and ovarian and breast cancers have all been linked to breast-feeding. And from an economic standpoint, breast-feeding is much more economical than formula feeding.

Help for Breast-Feeding Mothers

Though breast-feeding has a number of advantages, it can be challenging for new mothers. The act of breast-feeding takes practice and patience to get it right, and it can be painful at times. Women can help themselves by getting good prenatal care, taking a breast-feeding class or getting help from a lactation consultant. Trying different positions and different strategies for getting the baby to latch can also help mothers find the approach that will work best for them.

SOURCES: U.S. Office on Women's Health

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9/8/2017
Breast-Feeding Linked to Lower Endometriosis Risk

Hormonal changes may play a role, researchers say

8/4/2017
Can Breast Milk Feed a Love of Vegetables?

Think of it as an early stealth strategy in the war against picky eating, researchers say

8/1/2017
Breast-Feeding Lowers Mom's Breast Cancer Risk: Study

It also reduces the child's future cancer risk, cancer institute reports

7/13/2017
Breastfeeding and MS Risk

Breastfeeding for 15 months or longer may reduce your risk of developing this chronic autoimmune disease, study finds.

7/13/2017
Health Tip: Getting Toddlers to Try New Foods

If at first you don't succeed, try again

7/12/2017
Breast-Feeding May Lower Risk of MS, Study Says

Benefits reported for women who nursed 15 months or more

7/3/2017
Probiotic Supplements Failed to Prevent Babies' Infections

Benefits of breast-feeding might have overshadowed any potential protective effects, doctors suggest

6/21/2017
Breast-Feeding Tied to Lower Heart, Stroke Risk for Mom

Study finds the longer a woman does it, the lower her risk drops

6/19/2017
Most Mothers Have Been Victims of 'Mommy-Shaming,' Poll Finds

Criticism of parenting skills usually comes from family members, on topics from discipline to diet

6/5/2017
Breast-Feeding May Reduce Pain From C-Section

Study authors say finding provides another good reason to encourage women to nurse

5/22/2017
Health Tip: Storing Breast Milk Safely

How, where and when to store it

5/8/2017
Another Reason to Breast-Feed: It's Good for Baby's Belly

30 percent of beneficial bacteria in infants' intestinal tract comes from breast milk, study finds

4/11/2017
Breast-Feeding Success Hinges on Support for Mom, Baby

Limiting visitors early on and relying on the help of a lactation expert can get mothers off to a good start

3/27/2017
Breast-Feeding May Not Lead to Smarter Preschoolers

But study suggests that children who were nursed may be less hyperactive at age 3

3/27/2017
Benefits of Breastfeeding

Does breast feeding lower the risk of hyperactivity in children?

1/19/2017
Most Cow's Milk Baby Formulas Don't Up Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

But one type of formula may be linked to greater chances if given in week 1, study suggests

12/19/2016
Used Safely, Donor Breast Milk Can Help Preemie Babies

But pediatricians' group warns against informal 'milk-sharing' or buying it online

12/6/2016
Are Catholic Women Less Likely to Breast-Feed?

Study suggests that possibility, review authors say, but more research needed to confirm findings

10/25/2016
Doctors Should Promote Breast-Feeding to Patients: Panel

Education, practical help urged by U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

10/14/2016
Protein in Breast Milk May Reduce Hospital Infections in Preemies

Lactoferrin is safe for newborns and might prevent pneumonia and meningitis, researchers say

9/11/2016
What New Moms Need to Know About Pumping Breast Milk

Use these safety tips to protect your baby from disease-causing germs

8/23/2016
Breast-Feeding Rates Climb, But Many Moms Quit Early: CDC

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies get only breast milk for the first 6 months of life

8/3/2016
Breast-Fed Preemies Do Better on Skills Tests: Study

Research points up the need to support new mothers' efforts to breast-feed

6/15/2016
Antibiotics, Formula Feeding Might Change Baby's 'Microbiome'

C-section birth may also diminish diversity of these colonies of helpful microbes, study shows

6/14/2016
Breast-Feeding a Boon to Preemies' Hearts: Study

Improvements seen in function and size 20 years later

6/13/2016
Antibiotics May Blunt Breast-Feeding's Benefits

Infants given the drugs were prone to infections and obesity in childhood, researchers say

5/26/2016
Breast Milk Best From the Breast?

Babies were more likely to get ear infections if they were fed pumped milk, study found

5/16/2016
Working Moms and Breastfeeding

The number of hours a new mother works significantly affects her breastfeeding decisions, new study finds.

5/16/2016
When New Moms Work Longer Hours, Breast-Feeding Takes a Back Seat

Study found little change at 20 hours a week or less, but full-time employment was a different story

5/3/2016
Preemies' Brains Get Boost From Breast Milk

MRI scans found infants who drank more of it had more brain tissue, study found

4/29/2016
2/22/2016
More Hospitals Offer Donor Breast Milk to Help Preemie Babies

Practice may boost breast-feeding, reduce dangerous gut infections, study says

1/29/2016
Worldwide Boost in Breast-Feeding Could Save 800,000 Lives: Study

Global economy would also benefit from more mothers nursing their babies, study contends

1/25/2016
Obstetricians' Group Urges Docs to Help Support Breast-Feeding

Physicians can be resource for new moms, says American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

1/11/2016
Infant Delivery and Feeding Methods Can Affect Gut Composition

Study shows vaginal birth and breast-feeding create different intestinal bacteria from C-section and formula

11/23/2015
Breast-Feeding May Cut Risk of Type 2 Diabetes for Some Women

Study looked at moms who had already diabetes in pregnancy

11/16/2015
Breast-Feeding Linked to Reduced Risk of Preemie Eye Problem

Exclusive use of human milk lowers odds of potentially blinding condition by 75 percent, study suggests

11/5/2015
Breast-Feeding May Not Help Prevent Allergies in Kids, Study Claims

But at least one pediatrician is skeptical of the finding, and urges mothers to breast-feed

11/3/2015
Health Tip: Avoid Back Pain While Feeding Baby

Put less pressure on your spine

10/30/2015
Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk of Aggressive Breast Cancer: Study

Researchers call for removing obstacles to breast-feeding in home, community and workplace

10/28/2015
Breast Milk Makeup May Influence Child's Later Weight, Study Says

Naturally occurring complex carbohydrates could play a role in obesity

10/14/2015
Many New Moms Still Lack Breast-Feeding Support at Work

Study finds less than half of workplaces have private space or enough break time to express milk

10/6/2015
Hospitals Doing Better Job of Promoting Breast-feeding: CDC

Still, nearly 4 million babies are born each year in U.S., but only 14 percent in 'baby-friendly' hospitals

9/18/2015
More Cavities Seen in Kids of Chronically Stressed Mothers

These moms are less likely to breast-feed, make dental appointments, study finds

9/14/2015
Breast-Feeding Tied to Better Emotion Perception in Some Infants

Those at risk for autism showed more social development in small study, but experts said more research is needed

8/31/2015
Women Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Have MS Relapse: Study

But protective effect seems to last only about as long as exclusive nursing does

8/21/2015
Breast-Feeding May Pass Common Chemical to Baby, Study Shows

And PFASs appear to lower effectiveness of some childhood vaccinations, researchers add

7/27/2015
New Moms Often Get Poor Advice on Baby Care: Study

Tips from family or media can run counter to expert guidelines on vaccines, breast-feeding

7/14/2015
Health Tip: When Your Newborn Wants to Eat

Learn signs that it's time for a feeding

7/8/2015
Breast-Feeding Tied to Healthier Arteries in Middle Age

But it remains unknown whether these women will have lower rates of heart attack, stroke as they age