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Breastfeeding Cuts Maternal Diabetes Risk

Moms who breastfeed may be protected from type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Continue reading

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AAP releases controversial guidelines on SIDS prevention

On October 10, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new recommendations aimed at further reducing the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The validity of these recommendations is in dispute. Continue reading

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Hurricane Katrina – the importance of breastfeeding during times of disaster

In times of disaster, it is important that babies who are breastfeeding continue to do so — their survival may depend on it. Continue reading

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Is it safe to share breastmilk?

On January 6, 2005, the Wall Street Journal published a story on the growing trend of mothers sharing breastmilk, either by selling it or donating it, including offering milk over internet sites such as Craigslist. The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition is offering some suggestions to help mothers make their decision.
The superiority of human milk is  

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AAP urges nursing mothers to sleep near their babies

On February 7, The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines on breastfeeding, which include the recommendation that mothers sleep close enough to their babies to sense the earliest signs of hunger. Continue reading

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New National Breastfeeding Data from the CDC

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control announced the results of breastfeeding data from the National Immunization Survey. This survey, conducted by the CDC, includes breastfeeding data in addition to vaccination data. Prior to this survey, detailed national data on breastfeeding practices came from the formula industry, and had methodologic flaws and was subject to commercial  

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Ethical Conflicts Delay the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign

On December 4, 2003 The New York Times ran an article by Melody Petersen, “Breastfeeding Ads Delayed by a Dispute Over Content.” The article brought to light a serious ethical conflict of interest between the formula industry and several entities which promote public health, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Department of  

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Peanut Allergy and Breastfeeding

Recently, increasing rates of peanut allergy in children have been linked to breastfeeding. Allergies involve a reaction to a substance that someone has been exposed to at least once in the past.
The appearance of documented peanut allergy in very young children has led scientists to wonder how the children may have gotten their first exposure  

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Breastfeeding and the West Nile Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Community Health have reported that a woman received a blood transfusion containing West Nile virus (WNV) shortly after she gave birth to her baby on 9/2/02. The mother was breastfeeding her baby for the first 17 days, until she was hospitalized for severe  

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Breastfeeding and Asthma

A study by Malcolm Sears and others, recently published in the September 21, 2002 issue of the British medical journal, The Lancet concluded that “breastfeeding does not protect children against atopy [allergic diseases] and asthma and may even increase the risk.” The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition has reviewed this study and finds it to be flawed,  

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