Monday, August 5th, 2013
Half of American new mothers now breastfeed their newborns for the recommended period of at least six months, according to data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More from Today.com:
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It’s a big increase from just 35 percent in 2000 and is good news for babies and moms alike, as breastfeeding boosts the immune system, may lower the risk of obesity and is even linked with higher intelligence.
“This is great news for the health of our nation because babies who are breastfed have lower risks of ear and gastrointestinal infections, diabetes and obesity, and mothers who breastfeed have lower risks of breast and ovarian cancers,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that newborns get nothing but breastmilk until they are six months old. The AAP recommends that mothers continue to breastfeed, along with giving other food, after six months for at least a year or even longer “as mutually desired by mother and infant.”
Studies show that babies given nothing but breastmilk for the first four months of life have a 72 percent lower risk of severe pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections for their first year. If moms stop breastfeeding between four and six months, their babies have four times the risk of pneumonia compared to moms who breastfeed for a year or longer.
Breastmilk contains the nutrients that a newborn baby needs and also transfers disease-fighting antibodies from mother to baby – something that’s very important for the first few months before an infant can be vaccinated. There’s also a growing body of evidence that beneficial bacteria, and perhaps also viruses and fungi, from a mother’s milk and skin can affect her baby’s health.
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Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Citing a desire to determine what it is that makes breast milk so inherently soothing to babies, a Texas-based candy company called Lollyphile has released a breast milk-flavored lollipop. The candy is meant for consumption by both kids and adults who, they hope, might be able to reconnect with that comforting sensation. More from Gawker.com:
“We felt it was our responsibility to find out just what this flavor was that could turn a screaming, furious infant into a placid, contented one,” the company, Lollyphile, wrote on their website.
Upset because you’re a vegan and therefore unable to relive the glory days of breast-milk? Fret not — these new pops are dairy-free and contain no actual breast-milk, according to an interview Lollyphile founder Jason Darling gave to the Los Angeles Times.
“Can you imagine armies of pumping mothers?” Darling said. “Managing that would be a logistical nightmare.”
According to Darling, the lollipops are mostly sugar. “It all kind of tastes like almond milk, but sweeter,” he said.
Darling also said that the lollipops, which cost $10 for 4 pops, sold “a few thousand dollars’ worth” on the first day after the product launched.
Image: Child eating lollipop, via Lollyphile.com
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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Although exclusive breastfeeding is recommended when medically possible, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that supplementing breast milk with formula will not compromise breastfeeding, and that in some cases formula may even help mothers to have successful breastfeeding experiences when their babies are losing weight. More from The New York Times:
Researchers randomly assigned 38 infants who had lost 5 percent or more of their weight in the days after birth to either breast-feeding alone (the controls), or breast-feeding along with a supplement of formula at the end of each session.
At 1 week of age, all were still breast-feeding, but 9 of 19 infants in the control group were now using formula, compared with only 2 in the group that had used formula at the start. By age 3 months, 79 percent of the early formula users were breastfeeding exclusively, compared with 42 percent of the controls.
The researchers emphasize that they used a careful procedure — small volumes of formula and careful administration with a syringe to prevent confusion between breast and bottle nipple.
“Most babies don’t need formula,” said the lead author, Dr. Valerie J. Flaherman, a pediatrician at the University of California, San
Francisco, Benioff Children’s Hospital. “But some kids are at risk for weight loss, and this could be an option.”
Image: Baby bottle, via Shutterstock
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Monday, September 26th, 2011
A California father, who has only gone public with the name “Curtis,” made news last week when he embarked on a diet that consisted solely of his wife’s frozen excess breast milk. He briefly posted a blog about his journey, called “Don’t Have a Cow Curtis.” The blog was taken down last Friday, but Yahoo reported on some of the posts:
“I see nothing disgusting or wrong with drinking my own species milk (especially that of my wife), it is nothing more than a healthy meal,” he writes. He also says it’s a handy digestive aid, and is much easier on his stomach than cow’s milk. But how does it taste?
“Sometimes bitter, which I have become accustomed to, sometimes very sweet,” he explains. “The milk also in some cases has a chalky precipitate that settled out during thawing which we are not sure if it is just a natural occurrence or if it can be attributed to ‘freezer burn’.”
This week, the story continues with a report from The Toronto Star that an online breast milk-sharing service had gotten wind of the story and put Curtis in touch with a nearby California mother who was desperately searching for breast milk for her quadruplets, who were born prematurely in June and cannot tolerate formula. Curtis has apparently quit his personal project and pledged to donate the milk to the family this week.
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