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  • Breastfeeding and Kids’ Cancer Risk

    Breastfeeding and Kids’ Cancer Risk

    The various studies looking at the effects of breastfeeding on childhood leukemia have had inconclusive and inconsistent results. Experts, led by Marilyn Kwan at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, have taken 14 of these studies and analyzed them together as a group. This meta-analysis is published in the November 2004 Public […]

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  • Dad and Mom Prevent High Blood Pressure Together

    Dad and Mom Prevent High Blood Pressure Together

    High blood pressure, which used to be a disease of middle age, is becoming more common in children. Once a child has high blood pressure, unless there are significant lifestyle changes, the high blood pressure continues into adulthood. This leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and early adult death, even if the blood […]

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  • Breastfeeding and Asthma

    Breastfeeding and Asthma

    Asthma in children is increasing around the globe. It’s not unusual for it to be a country’s number one reason for a child to be hospitalized. Researchers from Australia (a continent where asthmais the leading cause of childhood hospitalization) have completed an important, long study.

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  • Cabbage Leaves and Engorgement

    Cabbage Leaves and Engorgement

    Painful breasts are the second most common reason that women give up breastfeeding in the first two weeks. Engorged breasts can hurt! And this can happen both at the beginning and ending of the nursing season, as supply adjusts to meet demand.

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  • Breastfeeding, Bone Density, and Teens

    Breastfeeding, Bone Density, and Teens

    Breastfeeding can help improve mothers’ bone density. During the months of nursing, calcium is taken from the bones, and the density decreases – whether or not they are getting plenty of calcium in their diets. But the months after nursing are one of the most important times in life to get at least 1,000 mg […]

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  • Early Multivitamins, Asthma, and Food Allergies

    Early Multivitamins, Asthma, and Food Allergies

    We know that the first months of life are a very impressionable time when it comes to the developing immune system. Even brief breastfeeding in the first few months of life, for instance, may give long-term protection from asthma. On the flip side, exposure to some foods in the first months may predispose to later […]

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  • Lingering Benefits of Nursing

    Lingering Benefits of Nursing

    Parents often hear about the powerful short-term benefits of breastfeeding. But the good news doesn’t stop when your baby is weaned. We’re learning more all the time about the enduring gift you give each time you nurse. When you’re up at night tenderly feeding your baby, you’re also silently taking care of your teenager in […]

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  • Breastfeeding and Saving Lives

    Breastfeeding and Saving Lives

    Many studies have demonstrated a variety of benefits from breastfeeding, including lowering the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The first study linking breastfeeding with overall lower infant mortality was presented at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting in San Francisco on May 2, 2004 (Dr. Benjamin’s Spock’s birthday). Most babies do well however they […]

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  • Baby Waking at Night?

    Baby Waking at Night?

    A SIDS Silver Lining Breastfed babies have longer sleep cycles than formula-fed babies, according to a study in the January 2004 Archives of Diseases in Childhood, but the breastfed babies are also more easily awaken. This might help to prevent SIDS. In the study, researchers used nasal air jets of varying force in an attempt […]

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  • Breastfeeding and Protection from Obesity

    Breastfeeding and Protection from Obesity

    A huge study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed a total of 177,304 low-income children at public health clinics from birth to age 5. Breastfeeding for more than 6 months was associated with a healthier weight after age 4 among the non-Hispanic white children in the study.

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