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Black Breastfeeding Week highlights ethnic disparities in health education

9/9/2014 - The type of nutritional care an infant receives during his or her first six months of life can determine the quality of life that a child will have. In addition to avoiding heavy-metal-containing vaccinations at birth, breastfeeding is one of the most important practices that a mother can perform to...

Odd and unusual news: Smart Car tipping, graduation breastfeeding photos and British Petroleum weasels

6/10/2014 - For the last four years, British Petroleum has been trying to avoiding paying damage claims related to its 2010 massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that BP would still have to pay the claims it already agreed to pay under the rules of a $20 billion settlement...

Breastfeeding and food diversity, not Golden Rice, is the answer to vitamin A deficiency

5/29/2014 - As the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its many global partners continue to push for the approval and commercial release of genetically-modified (GM) "Golden Rice," a controversial "frankenfood" that contains added vitamin A, opponents say the answers to vitamin A deficiency in the...

Britain now paying mothers to breastfeed

11/20/2013 - "The UK has one of the worst breastfeeding rates in the world and breastfeeding rates vary widely across different parts of the country," said Clare Relton of Sheffield University. She may be part of the solution with a government pilot program giving 130 mothers shopping vouchers of significant value...

What's a good diet for a healthy, breastfeeding mom?

10/24/2013 - Congratulations! You did it! You've made it through pregnancy and childbirth, two marathons to be proud of, for sure. Now you may be wondering about what adjustments to make to your diet while you breastfeed. The short answer is: eat a well-balanced diet for your health. Healthy mom = healthy baby....

Breastfeeding proven to lower risk of Alzheimer's in moms

8/9/2013 - As more research becomes available, it is increasingly clear that breastfeeding children provides infinitely more long-term health benefits to both baby and mom. Now, a new study shows that mothers who breast feed run a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. The research, which...

Yet more science proves breastfeeding boosts IQs of babies

8/8/2013 - Nurturing a baby through breastfeeding is a proven method of care that boosts a child's IQ. A new study out of Boston, published in the AMA Journal of Pediatrics, points out that the longer a child is breastfed, the higher their IQ will be. The correlation was made even after variables like mother's...

Breastfeeding doesn't mean giving up your favorite foods

2/20/2013 - Contrary to popular impression, there are actually very few foods that women need to give up in order to safely breastfeed, according to Loyola University Health System registered dietitian Gina Neill. "One of the many reasons women stop breast-feeding is because they believe they have to follow...

More hospitals promote breastfeeding by forgoing unhealthy formula samples

10/22/2012 - A recent NY Times (NYT) article covered the trend of more and more hospitals no longer giving out free samples of infant formulas to birthing mothers provided by the manufacturers. The article cited expert consensus for the benefits of breast feeding and the infant formula manufacturers' understanding...

Woman behind military mom's breastfeeding photo campaign fired from her job

6/24/2012 - The woman behind a recent controversial photo shoot depicting a pair of female Air Force enlisted personnel breastfeeding their infants in uniform has been fired from her civilian job as an X-ray technician, though the company - naturally - says the divisive shoot had nothing to do with it. Army...

Mom illegally kicked out of library for breastfeeding in public

6/23/2012 - Hadley Barrows was recently kicked out of the Minneapolis Central Public Library for discreetly breastfeeding her baby on a bench in an atrium area of the library. Minnesota law allows mothers to nurse their babies in public and private areas. But the security guard told Hadley she was exhibiting...

Military moms make statement by breastfeeding in uniforms

6/7/2012 - "Land of the free. Home of the brave." These words from our national anthem hold deep and significant meaning to most Americans. Some more than others. For those that have been to war, witnessed atrocities, and seen oppression such as women who may get stoned if they accidentally show an inch of wrist,...

Breastfeeding can transmit dangerous vaccine viruses to newborns

6/6/2012 - Mothers who are vaccinated for certain diseases with vaccines that contain live viruses could pass on these viruses to their children through their breast milk. A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) highlights one particular case in which a young boy was infected with...

Health benefits of breastfeeding are real - Here's the scientific proof

5/30/2012 - The cover of Time Magazine last week had a picture of a woman nursing her three-year-old child to raise awareness of breastfeeding and get people talking about it. It worked, perhaps better than they anticipated. The tactic was employed and completely justified because breastfeeding rates in America...

Clarification: Breastfeeding isn't porn; it's perfectly natural

4/23/2012 - Just a quick clarification about my hosting of the Alex Jones Show yesterday. During one segment I was talking about Kraft Foods and their publicity image of an infant breastfeeding while holding an Oreo cookie. You can see that image here: http://www.tmz.com/2012/04/19/oreo-cookies-breastfeeding-ad-never-to-kraft-foods/ During...

Moringa plays an important role for breastfeeding mothers, in diabetes, in cancer, and more

2/15/2012 - The moringa tree is grown in southeast Asia and Africa as a source of food. Tall seed pods grow from the flowers of the moringa tree, giving moringa the nickname "drumstick tree." Moringa leaf is found in some superfood recipes because of its high calcium and potassium content. Moringa leaf tea is used...

Breastfeeding absolutely vital for strengthening the developing lungs of children, research finds

2/9/2012 - New research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine adds to the growing body of evidence showing that breastfeeding is crucial for proper human development. According to the research, babies who are breastfed develop stronger lungs than their non-breastfed counterparts,...

How to treat mastitis naturally

1/28/2012 - Breastfeeding is a special bonding experience for mother and child. Scientists at Warwick University studying the psychological effects of breastfeeding have affirmed that an infant's suckling motion on the nipple releases mass doses of oxytocin, the hormone responsible for feelings of love, in the...

CDC researchers say mothers should stop breastfeeding to boost 'efficacy' of vaccines

1/21/2012 3:05:07 PM - Remember when it was considered crazy talk to suggest that mainstream medicine viewed humanity as being born lacking in pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines, as if these synthetic inputs are necessary miracle nutrients for proper human development? Well, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control...

Nutrition and genetics - Diet and breastfeeding affect brain function of child

11/22/2011 - Natural News readers are likely already aware that fish is considered "brain food" and affects cognitive function. However, until this time, little was known about the interaction between genetics and nutrition. During a recent conference held in Madrid, Spain, the European Commission-funded Nutrimenthe...

'Big Latch On' holds breastfeeding awareness day to help eliminate cultural stigmas

8/14/2011 - Mothers who breastfeed their babies in public are probably used to frequent stares and occasional negative comments about keeping such affairs in private. However, Big Latch On, an international group started in 2005 to promote breastfeeding, is hoping to change the cultural stigmas that look down on...

Breastfeeding may significantly reduce SIDS risk, study finds

6/17/2011 - The sobering statistic is that every day approximately seven babies die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Recent research suggests the simple act of breastfeeding may significantly reduce the risk of this disease and the reduction may be particularly dramatic if the breastfeeding is exclusive...

Breastfeeding may Decrease the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

4/27/2011 - Women who breastfeed their children for the first month of life or more may have a decreased risk for diabetes mellitus (type 2 diabetes), according to a study led by Eleanor Bimla Schwarz at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Medicine. This news is just another reason for women to consider...

The perfect storm for poor health; the proof is in the population

2/12/2011 - Over the past twenty years a lot has changed and we are seeing the results in each (sicker) generation of children. I am always amazed to find out how certain shifts in our environment and culture affect our health. Small changes go long way when significant percentages of the population take part,...

Breastfeeding prevents seizures, study finds

2/12/2011 - The longer a mother breastfeeds her baby, the less likely the child is to have seizures later in life, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Danish researchers observed that babies who are breastfed for at least the first nine months are nearly half as likely to experience...

Exclusive breastfeeding protects against infections

1/29/2011 - Once more we discover the incredible value of breastfeeding for the health of infants. In a study published in the Archives of Disease of Childhood, researchers found that exclusive breastfeeding for six months resulted in less infections of many types compared to babies who did not breastfeed or babies...

Forget vaccines: Breastfeeding boosts infant immunity!

12/29/2010 - Babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life contract significantly fewer infections than babies fed from bottles, and get less sick even when they do get infected, according to a study published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. "This research is very welcome...

Encourage breastfeeding with baby-parent bed sharing

12/7/2010 - It seems obvious that babies who sleep with their parents are likely to breastfeed more than babies who sleep in a separate room. They will probably nurse more often and nurse for a longer duration of their lives. A study published in the November 2010 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American...

Birth Interventions Impair the Ability of a Baby to Breastfeed

11/15/2010 - Breastmilk is the best form of nutrition for a baby but many women struggle to breastfeed and have problems in the early days after birth: including difficulties with latch, problems with milk supply or baby being sleepy. Many of these problems can be caused by birth interventions which can decrease...

Population Crisis can be Resolved by Breastfeeding

10/24/2010 - Population estimates state that the world population will reach 9 billion in the next century and biotech companies say that GM crops are required to feed the population. Statistics however would show that it is the move away from natural processes of living which has caused the population crisis. Breastfeeding...

Breastfeeding better than vaccines at preventing infection

9/30/2010 - Researchers in Greece are urging mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for at least the first six months of their lives, based on new research findings. According to the study, babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months experience fewer infections than those who are either...

Long-term breastfeeding good for babies, mothers

7/31/2010 - "Breastfeeding should continue for up to two years of age or beyond," the World Health Organization recommends -- yet in many countries such as the United Kingdom or United States, breastfeeding a child past the age of a few months is still considered odd or deviant, even by some doctors. "One...

Longer duration of breastfeeding reduces risk of metabolic syndrome for the mom

4/24/2010 - Women who breastfeed their children longer are significantly less likely to develop the cluster of heart disease and diabetes risk factors known as metabolic syndrome, according to a study conducted by researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northern California and published in the journal Diabetes. "The...

Breastfeeding Significantly Lowers Breast Cancer Risk

3/30/2010 - Women who breastfeed their infants have a significantly lower risk of breast cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. In addition to providing significant advantages to the infants themselves,...

Breastfeeding Could Save The Lives Of 1.3 Million Children a Year

2/24/2010 - Providing breastfeeding education and support to new mothers could prevent more than one million child deaths every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Although the WHO recommends that infants start breastfeeding within one hour of birth and consume nothing but breast milk --...

Birth Drugs Impair Breastfeeding

1/24/2010 - Drugs commonly given during hospital labor may impair a woman's ability to breastfeed, according to a study conducted by researchers from Swansea University and published in the journal BJOG. "A lot of women are not given enough information about the medications that might be given to them during...

Infant Formula Study Just a Marketing Gimmick to Push Formula Over Breastfeeding

1/8/2010 - A recent study lauding the benefits of fortified infant formula has been greeted with skepticism by child development specialists, who suspect that the study is only the first part of an attempt to promote formula over breast milk. "It is clear that the food industry fascination with nutraceuticals...

Breastfeeding: Tips Help Guide New Mothers

12/16/2009 - Armed with the correct knowledge, breastfeeding should be a pleasure for both mother and baby and will certainly give the infant a head start in life. No matter how attractively infant formula is packaged and marketed, nothing manufactured by man is going to come anywhere close to the immune building,...

Breastfeeding Cuts Breast Cancer in High Risk Women by Fifty Nine Percent

9/24/2009 - What if medical science discovered a drug that reduced the risk of breast cancer almost 60 percent in women who are at high risk because of a family history of the disease? No doubt it would soon be making Big Pharma billions of dollars and would be hailed as a "miracle drug" by doctors and women alike,...

Breastfeeding Your Baby Could Save a Life

8/5/2009 - According to the World Health Organization, breastfeeding babies exclusively for the first six months can save the lives of 13 percent of infants that die under five. Breast milk is what nature intended for infants to be eating, and eating in ways in accordance with nature is always to our benefit....

Breastfeeding Babies Boosts Academic Achievements, GPA

7/1/2009 - Breastfeeding has long been known to be an important way mothers can help keep infants healthy. For example, according to the American College of Pediatrics, breastfeeding slashes the rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) during the first year of life (http://www.naturalnews.com/026239_SIDS_breastfeeding_natural_health.html)...

Breastfeeding Halves SIDS Risk

5/10/2009 - Babies who are breastfed for at least six months are significantly less likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than those who are formula fed, according to a study conducted by researchers from the German Study of Sudden Infant Death Study Group and the University of Munster, Germany,...

Breastfeeding Protects Hearts of Mothers

4/24/2009 - Breastfeeding has long been known to be good for mother and baby. La Leche League International lists many benefits, including that breast-milk is easy for the baby to digest, and has natural antibodies protecting the baby against bacteria and viruses. Now a new study by the University of Pittsburgh...

Breastfeeding Shown to Decrease the Risk of SIDS

3/28/2009 - SIDS is the sudden unexplained death of an infant and is the number one cause of death in U.S babies less than one year old. Fortunately the SIDS rate has dropped over 50% since 1983, but it is still responsible for 2500 deaths each year according to the American SIDS Institute. There are many hypotheses...

Breastfeeding Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk of Moms

10/20/2008 - Women can cut their risk of rheumatoid arthritis by 50 percent simply by breastfeeding for a year or longer, according to a study conducted by researchers from Malmo University Hospital in Sweden, and published in the "Annals of Rheumatic Diseases." Scientists have wondered whether breastfeeding...

Breastfeeding Boosts IQ of Newborns

10/13/2008 - Children who are breastfed exclusively for the first three months of life score higher on IQ tests at the age of six than other children, according to a study conducted by researchers from McGill University in Canada and published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. "Long-term, exclusive breastfeeding...

Breastfeeding Recommendations Have Been Changed

9/2/2008 - New guidelines have been released that now recommend that mothers should breastfeed their babies for the first six months without adding any additional solid foods or formula. Experts from the World Health Organization support these new guidelines and this replaces previous guidelines that recommended...

Breastfeeding Raises IQ of Babies with DHA-Producing Gene Variant

5/9/2008 - Babies who are breastfed have higher IQs than babies who are not -- but only if they contain a specific genetic marker, according to a study led by researchers at the King's College London Institute of Psychiatry and published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA." Researchers...

Breastfeeding reduces breast cancer risk for older moms

10/24/2007 - Women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by breast-feeding, even if they have their first child later in life, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Los Angeles. Researchers analyzed data on women who had participated in the Women's...

Breastfeeding found to lower babies' diabetes risk

11/21/2006 - Breastfed babies may run a 39 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life, according to a new study by University of London researchers appearing in the latest issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The researchers -- led by Christopher G. Owen, PhD. -- examined the...

Infant formula warning: The poisoning of infants with formula products, and why breastfeeding is best

4/5/2006 - Over the years, countless studies have shown that when it comes to infant nutrition, breast milk is best. This fact remains true, as there is simply no infant formula product on the market that can match the superior nutrition of mother's milk. In fact, some infant formulas actually contain ingredients...

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