Breastfeeding in the News

Breastfeeding Helps Moms Loose Weight

December 8, 2008 - Women Who Breastfeed Are More Likely to Shed Their Baby Weight 6 Months After Giving Birth, Study Shows  View Full Story

How Do You Breastfeed Octuplets?  The New York Times Magazine

January 28, 2009 - "In all the conversation since yesterday’s announcement that octuplets had been born in southern California yesterday — the talk of ethics, and lingering disabilities, and selective reduction, and cost of care — the part I kept coming back to is that the mother told her doctors she plans to breastfeed... Is it physically possible to produce that much breast milk?"  View Full Story

Kids' Lungs Benefit from Longer Breast Feeding  ABC News

January 2, 2009 - Children who are breast fed for at least 4 months may have better lung function than children who are breast fed for shorter periods of time and children who are bottle fed, a new study suggests. "The physical exercise caused by suckling at the breast - about six times daily on average for more than 4 months -- may result in increased lung capacity and increased airflow in breast-fed children compared with bottle-fed children..."  View Full Story

FDA Proposes New Drug Labels for Pregnant Women  The Washington Post

May 28, 2008 - U.S. health officials have proposed changes to the labels on prescription drugs that would detail potential health effects for pregnant and breast-feeding women, their fetuses or their newborns.   View Full Story

Breastfeeding Rates Hit New Highs in U.S.  MSNBC

April 30, 2008 - Three-quarters of new moms nurse their infants, at least briefly, CDC says. the U.S. breast-feeding rate has hit its highest mark in at least 20 years with more than three-quarters of new moms nursing their infants, according to a recent government report.  View Full Story

How about a double scoop of mama's milk?  MSNBC

September 25, 2008 - PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is asking the ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's to begin using breast milk in its products instead of cow's milk, saying it would reduce the suffering of cows and calves and give ice cream lovers a healthier product.  View Full Story

How Breast Milk Donation Saves Babies' Lives  ABC News

April 10, 2008 - One Premature Baby Overcame Tremendous Odds Because of a Simple Idea... Baby Isabella was born three months before her due date. Doctors told her mother, Kim, that because Isabella was so weak, breast milk would increase her chances of survival. When Kim suddenly passed away, baby Isabella was able to receive donated breastmilk from the International Breastmilk Project.  View Full Story

More Hospitals Remove Formula from 'Swag Bags' to Encourage Breast Feeding  ABC News

August 1, 2007 - New York City's hospitals have banned infant formula from their gift bags for new mothers — a policy that they hope will encourage nursing and healthier babies.  View Full Story

Nutrition: Breast Feeding Tied to Intelligence  The New York Times

May 13, 2008 - In a large randomized trial of human lactation, researchers have found evidence that prolonged breast-feeding is associated with improved scores on some intelligence tests in childhood.  View Full Story

Breast Milk Associated With Greater Mental Development in Preterm Infants, Fewer Re-hospitalizations  National Institutes of Health (NIH) News

October 1, 2007 - Extremely low birth weight premature infants who received breast milk shortly after birth, while still in intensive care units, had greater mental development scores at 30 months than did infants who were not fed breast milk, reported researchers in an NIH network. Moreover, infants fed breast milk were less likely to have been re-hospitalized after their initial discharge than were the infants not fed breast milk.  View Full Story

Other Helpful Links:

La Leche League International  (L.L.L.I)

American Academy of Pediatrics  (AAP)

US Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) Breast Pumps Website

Women, Infants and Children  (WIC) State Agencies



This is general information and does not replace the advice of your physician or healthcare provider. If you have a problem you cannot solve quickly, seek help right away. Every baby is different, and your baby may not be average. If in doubt, contact your physician or other healthcare provider.

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