Category Baby Feeding

My Choice Not to Breastfeed Cost Me a Friend

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My Choice Not to Breastfeed Cost Me a Friend

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How to Choose—and Use—a Lactation Consultant

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How to Choose—and Use—a Lactation Consultant

Certified lactation consultant and mother of three answers common questions she hears from breastfeeding mothers

 If you’re able to weed through all the information and opinions and finally decide whether you’re going to breastfeed your baby, then comes the hard part—learning how to do it. Enter the lactation consultant. Alissa Gomez-Dean, certified lactation consultant with Breastfeeding USA and mother of three, says there are three types of consultants, who range from international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLC), who have the most training and are considered experts; to middle range certified lactation consultants; to volunteers/mothers who don’t have accreditation, but who have “been there, done that...
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Do Hospitals Discourage Breastfeeding by Gifting Formula?

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Do Hospitals Discourage Breastfeeding by Gifting Formula?

For decades, hospitals have supplied new moms with gift bags filled with blankets, booties and baby formula. But formula freebies are increasingly disappearing from these goodie bags as studies show that mothers may view the gift as an implied endorsement from doctors that formula is better than breastfeeding.

“At the time of birth, many women are sitting on the fence on their decision to breastfeed or not,” says Rafael Perez-Escamilla, director of the Office of Public Health Practice at Yale’s School of Public Health. “Formula samples received from a medical facility signals to the mom that formula feeding is medically endorsed.”

But it’s not, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics...

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Breastfed Babies May Have Lower Risk of Heart Disease in Adulthood

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Breastfed Babies May Have Lower Risk of Heart Disease in Adulthood

Breastfeeding is linked to lower inflammation levels, which predict heart disease risk in adulthood.

Breastfeeding may protect against inflammation and heart disease when babies reach young adulthood, according to researchers from Northwestern University.

Researchers evaluated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), which is a signal of inflammation and predicts increased cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk in adulthood, in nearly 7,000 young adults, ages 24 to 32. They traced the levels of CRP back to the young adults’ birth weight and how long they were breastfed...

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