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  • Breast Milk Supply

    Breast Milk Supply

    My grandmother told me she didn’t produce enough milk to breastfeed any of her 3 daughters. My mother didn’t produce enough to breastfeed me. Does this mean I will have a problem producing milk?

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  • Preventing Eczema

    Preventing Eczema

    Each year in the western world, eczema gets more common. We know that breastfeeding can prevent eczema, and that mothers’ avoiding certain allergic foods can further decrease the risk. Another powerful way to prevent eczema was reported in a study in the January 2002 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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  • DHA & ARA: A Personal Story

    DHA & ARA: A Personal Story

    I was scheduled to appear on National Public Radio to discuss an exciting development for babies: for the first time DHA and ARA have been added to an infant formula in the US. As the moment approached, I once again read the scientific literature leading up to this advance (such as a recent study funded […]

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  • DHA and ARA Added to US Formula for the First Time

    DHA and ARA Added to US Formula for the First Time

    January 10, 2002 saw the launch of the first and only infant formula in the US to contain DHA and ARA. I have been calling for these ingredients in US formulas here at since 1996. These nutrients are naturally found in breast milk and have been shown to support infant mental and visual development.

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  • PCBs in Breast Milk

    PCBs in Breast Milk

    PCBs are environmental toxins known to be transferred from mothers to babies across the placenta – and to damage babies’ mental and motor development. We know that PCBs are present in even higher levels in breast milk, but little effect on the baby has been shown. A study reported in the November 10, 2001 issue […]

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  • Pacifiers Don't Cause Early Weaning

    Pacifiers Don’t Cause Early Weaning

    My local new-baby nursery is decorated with signs that say, “no pacifiers”. Parents and professionals alike want breastfeeding to succeed. Many studies conducted over the past decade have found an association between pacifier use and early weaning – but these studies have not shown whether pacifier use causes early weaning or vice versa.

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  • A Can A Week Is All

    A Can A Week Is All…

    Mercury damages children’s immune systems and kidneys, but its toxicity to the developing brain is worse. The July 2001 policy statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns that minimizing mercury exposure is “essential to optimal child health”. The most important sources of mercury exposure are fish eaten by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and […]

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  • Breastfeeding with a Metabolic Disorder & Propionic Acidemia

    Breastfeeding with a Metabolic Disorder & Propionic Acidemia

    Dr. Greene, I am 8 months pregnant with a child affected by Propionic Acidemia, an inborn error of metabolism. My Doctor and Dietician warn that I will not be able to breastfeed, as the milk cannot be accurately measured….

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  • PKU Test Results -- What's normal?

    PKU Test Results — What’s normal?

    Ok my son was born six weeks ago. He was in the hospital for 10 days because he had a fever of 104 on the second day. He was tested for his PKU on the seventh day. Last week…

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  • The Breast Fed Baby and Mom's Diet

    The Breast Fed Baby and Mom’s Diet

    Studies strongly suggest that if your breast fed baby is colicky, it is worth a try to eliminate cow’s milk from your diet. You will want to avoid cheese, ice cream, milk (in a glass or on cereal), yogurt, puddings, custards, cream sauces, and butter. This is not a quick fix, however.

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