September 13, 2010 |
By now, the overwhelming benefit of breastfeeding babies to improve their health, and sometimes to save their lives, is universally acknowledged, even by the companies that produce formula. But breast-feeding rates remain alarmingly low, and the reason is the relentless marketing of these same companies, the implicit collaboration of well-meaning hospitals and the unwillingness of government to abide by its international commitments. Though we would all like to believe that we outsmart advertising and make decisions based on rational assessments, formula companies and the World Health Organization know better.
November 8, 2010 |
Any new mom can attest to being tired. Nighttime feedings are usually the culprit, so how does breastfeeding compare to formula feeding in terms of sleep disruption? It really makes no difference, Julie’s Health Club blog of the Chicago Tribune reports. "When researchers looked at the impact of different feeding methods on a mother’s sleep, they found no differences in the time or quality of their sleep," Julie Deardorff writes in explaining a new study published Monday.
September 17, 2010
Rolling along Re "Skate park grinds at residents," Sept. 13 Skateboarders finally get a skateboard plaza, and neighbors are still complaining. Youths are off the street and have a place to hang out and perform their favorite sport. Parents have less to worry about because they know where their children are, and fewer people are bothered on the street by passing skateboarders. It is a win-win situation. Yet neighbors still complain about the noise of the skateboarders.
August 27, 2010
Breastfeeding a newborn for even one month will lower a woman's lifetime risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a study published Friday. Other research has also linked breastfeeding to a reduced risk of diabetes among women, but the new study establishes the strength of the association to a much greater degree. The question now is, why wouldn't every new mother breastfeed for at least one month? And, how can society make it easier on new mothers so they can nurse? The study, led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, examined data from 2,233 women in California's Kaiser Permanente healthcare system.
July 25, 2011 |
Breastfeeding has a long list of demonstrated benefits, including a lower risk of diarrhea, skin rash, respiratory infections and a type of deadly gastrointestinal disease. Now, new research affirms that warding off asthma symptoms still belongs on that list . Researchers in the Netherlands used questionnaires to assess the breastfeeding history and asthma symptoms in more than 5,000 preschool children. The children who had never been breastfed were more likely to wheeze, cough, have shortness of breath and have persistent mucus than children who were breastfed for six months.
June 11, 1987 |
The Complete Book of Breastfeeding by Marvin S. Eiger MD and Sally Wendkos Olds (Workman: paperback, $7.95). A good 60% of the babies of today's baby-boomers will be breast-fed. Their mothers, better educated and aware of the many benefits nursing confers, will choose this immemorial method, as compared to a mere 20% in 1970. In its big comeback, mother's milk, as is generally known, contains all nutrients necessary for the baby.