Breastfeeding and Epidurals
    December 11, 2006
    Breastfeeding and Epidurals

    I think that all women who have had epidurals deserve breastfeeding support during their babies' first week of life. Of course, a lactation consultant can be a great idea for any new mother, but recen…

    Raising a Resilient Child
    August 5, 2006
    Raising a Resilient Child

    It's natural for parents to wish that they could prevent their children from experiencing heartache. But at some point in life, we will all experience disappointment and loss. We can't stop all painfu…

    Bedwetting and Baby Food
    July 26, 2006
    Bedwetting and Baby Food

    Early childhood nutrition is fundamental to how the brain and nervous system develop. Babies' brains are structurally different, depending on what they eat in the first two years of life. Optimal nutr…

    A Colic Diet
    November 14, 2005
    A Colic Diet

    Imagine for a moment the sound of 3 hours with a peaceful, happy baby. And imagine the opposite! About ¼ of babies will experience colic, defined as at least 3 hours of crying per day on at least 3 d…

    Obesity and the First Week of Life
    April 26, 2005
    Obesity and the First Week of Life

    How a baby eats during the first week of life may set lifelong eating patterns that could lead to obesity, according to a fascinating study from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, published in t…

    Thanks for your feedback
    April 8, 2005
    Thanks for your feedback

    I got a very interesting comment from a reader today, "Dear Dr. Greene.  I just read your response to the question about beer and breastfeeding.  30 years ago, I was instructed by my OB/GYN to drink…

    Having a Beer to Nurse
    April 7, 2005
    Having a Beer to Nurse

    About a quarter of nursing moms today are told by one of their health professionals to have a glass of beer or wine to help them with nursing, echoing the nursing folklore that has been around for cen…

    Breastfeeding and Kids’ Cancer Risk
    November 16, 2004
    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, Universit…

    Dad and Mom Prevent High Blood Pressure Together
    October 21, 2004
    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…

    Breastfeeding and Asthma
    September 21, 2004
    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 th…

    Cabbage Leaves and Engorgement
    July 29, 2004
    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 nursin…

    Breastfeeding, Bone Density, and Teens
    July 20, 2004
    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 th…

    Early Multivitamins, Asthma, and Food Allergies
    July 7, 2004
    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 lon…

    Lingering Benefits of Nursing
    May 17, 2004
    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 e…

    Breastfeeding and Saving Lives
    May 3, 2004
    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 in…

    Baby Waking at Night?
    February 20, 2004
    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 mo…

    Breastfeeding and Protection from Obesity
    February 3, 2004
    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 as…

    Milk, Mad Cows, & Choosing Organic
    December 30, 2003
    Milk, Mad Cows, & Choosing Organic

    When a nursing woman has a contagious illness, it's usually safer to keep nursing . perhaps because the breast milk does not contain the germ and also because the milk does contain immune properties t…

    Breast-fed Babies Breathe Easier
    November 7, 2003
    Breast-fed Babies Breathe Easier

    The longer that children breastfeed, the less likely they are to wheeze when they reach their first birthdays, according to a study published in the October 2003 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immuno…

    Climb a Mountain, Drink Tea, or Be a Friend
    October 10, 2003
    Climb a Mountain, Drink Tea, or Be a Friend

    In a Herculean effort to draw attention to breast cancer, a group of women climbers, including several breast cancer survivors, reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer.  Through their climb…