Breast vs. Bottle Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • The Sweetness of Breast Milk vs Formula

    Should Infant Formula Be Sweetened: Mother (Nature) Knows Best

    Breast milk is a marvelous, complex whole food, perfect for growing babies. The composition of breast milk varies from month to month, from day to day, and even within a single feeding. But whenever it’s sampled, breast milk is also pretty sweet. On average, there are about 10g of lactose (milk sugar) in every 100 […]

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  • Was Breastfeeding Worth It

    Was Breastfeeding Worth It?

    I had to breastfeed my son. I HAD to. My husband is a Type 1 Diabetic and has Celiac Disease and everything I had read said I had to exclusively nurse or my baby’s chances of getting those diseases were much higher. The pediatrician said it was the easiest thing in the world. The only […]

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    Let’s Talk Dirty… Diapers

    There is no one right answer about your baby’s poop frequency, color, smell, and texture. Your baby’s poop is going to change over time and will be different depending on diet — breastfed, formula, solids all make a difference. When those changes happen, many (especially new) parents have serious questions. Have you ever looked into […]

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  • Breast Milk’s Subtle Flavor Magic

    Breast Milk’s Subtle Flavor Magic

    Interestingly, babies tend to suck more vigorously when a new flavor is introduced into their mothers’ diet (even if the mothers don’t notice the change in nursing, researchers can measure it). The babies’ bodies seem eager to learn new flavors. When that flavor has been repeated a few times, nursing returns to normal, suggesting that […]

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  • Ear infections are vanishing: four key ideas for parents

    Ear infections are vanishing: four key ideas for parents

    I remember, not long ago, seeing many children with ear infections every day I was in the office – children that were often up screaming the night before. Today it’s not surprising to go an entire day in clinic without seeing a single one. Visits to doctors’ offices for ear infections more than doubled between […]

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  • Another Reason We Must Support Nursing Moms

    Another Reason We Must Support Nursing Moms

    A new Harvard analysis has calculated what we could accomplish if 90 percent of babies drank only breast milk for the first six months of life. The starting point for this analysis was a group of ten conditions identified by the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of our […]

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  • BPA doesn't belong in baby bottles

    BPA doesn’t belong in baby bottles

    Join me in support of California Bill SB 797. My three minute speech at the State Capitol starts 4 minutes into the rally video.  Actress and environmentalist, Amy Smart speaks next.

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  • Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay

    Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay

    Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D., once said, “If you don’t have oral health, you’re simply not healthy.” As with many health topics, the basis for a lifetime of good oral health begins when we’re very small.

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  • BPA and the AAP

    BPA and the AAP

    Like other pediatricians across the United States, today I received an E-Breaking News Alert from the American Academy of Pediatrics concerning news about bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in many hard plastic products (including baby bottles and sippy cups) and in the lining of many metal cans (including cans of infant or toddler formula).

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  • BPA: Clearing Through the Clutter

    BPA: Clearing Through the Clutter

    There is an intense ongoing debate about the safety of bisphenol –A, or BPA, an ingredient found in many plastic products including many baby bottles and reusable water bottles. BPA acts like a hormone in the human body. More than 90 percent of us do have small amounts of BPA in our bodies.

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