Dear moms-to-be, take note: Breastfeeding can give premature babies a metabolic boost

Dear moms-to-be, take note: Breastfeeding can give premature babies a metabolic boost

Mother’s breast milk can help premature infants get a metabolic boost, says a new study. According to researchers, the breast milk of mothers with premature babies has different amounts of microRNA than that of mothers with babies born at term, which may help premature babies catch up in growth and development. Previous research said that breastfeeding can help boost immunity and brainpower in children, though if done extensively, it could lead to dental cavities. In a study, researchers compared the breast milk of mothers with babies born prematurely — between 28 and…

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Breastfeeding Mothers Have 10 Per Cent Lower Risk of Heart Attack

Breastfeeding Mothers Have 10 Per Cent Lower Risk of Heart Attack

Breast milk is said to contain a number of benefits for the baby’s health. It contains a variety of nutrients essential for the newborn’s well-being, and also includes antibodies which cannot be medically engineered. However, there are also several advantages for the breastfeeding mother. Breastfeeding may reduce a mother’s heart attack and stroke risk later in life, according to new research. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed that women who breastfed their babies had about a 10 percent lower risk of developing heart disease…

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Some Breastfeeding Advice Worth Ditching: US Task Force

Some Breastfeeding Advice Worth Ditching: US Task Force

A review of scientific evidence on breastfeeding out today found that some long-held advice is worth ditching, including that babies should avoid pacifiers and moms should breastfeed exclusively in the first days after birth. Individual interventions to help expectant and new moms breastfeed are still recommended, but systematic or hospital-wide policies tend to show little benefit, said the report by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of experts. The benefits of breastfeeding include providing optimal nutrition and an immune system boost for babies, while helping mothers…

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Breastfeeding Has Lifesaving Benefits: UNICEF

Breastfeeding Has Lifesaving Benefits: UNICEF

In a statement issued recently, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced that breastfeeding has lifesaving benefits. “Investing in breastfeeding has a significant impact on the health of women and children and on the economies of both rich and poor countries,” said Unicef Chief of Nutrition Werner Schultink, citing a new series published by the weekly medical journal, The Lancet. “The (Lancet) series provides crucial evidence for the case that breastfeeding is a cornerstone of children’s survival, health, growth and development and contributes to a more prosperous and sustainable future,”…

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