Breastfeeding Your Baby May Reduce Childhood Leukemia Risk

Hands down, a mother’s breast milk is the best food for baby. Breast milk is always available, helps your baby’s brain to develop and keeps your baby healthy through adulthood. Now a new study shows that there may be another solid reason to strongly consider breastfeeding your child: protection against childhood leukemia. A new Israeli study finds … Read More

Breastfeeding Is Best, Even When You Have MS

Bringing a newborn home from the hospital when you have multiple sclerosis adds a whole new dimension to common decisions like whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby. The benefits of breastfeeding are well-known. However, the chance that mom could transmit her medications to her baby via breast milk also is a concern. [Tweet “Is … Read More

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How to Store Your Breast Milk Safely (Infographic)

There’s no use crying over spilled milk. But, with the proper planning, you can prevent wasting any breast milk you’ve pumped to nourish your little one. How long is it good? What containers should I store it in? What’s the best way to thaw it? We’ve got all of your questions covered. [Tweet “How to … Read More

Breastfeeding’s Added Benefit: Weight Loss (Video)

After having a baby, many women who breastfeed get a benefit they may not expect: weight loss. The benefits for babies are clear. Breastfeeding transfer antibodies that they won’t develop on their own until they are 6 months to 1 year old. This helps protect them from getting sick. But breastfeeding also burns about 500 … Read More

Breastfeed Longer: The Whys and Hows

When it comes to feeding your baby, “breast is best” — but it isn’t easy. Even if you’ve been nursing for three, six or nine months, it’s not always smooth sailing. Gone are the early days of latching problems and discomfort. Instead, you’re confronted with potential supply issues, time constraints and one-too-many judgmental comments of … Read More

Baby on Solids Too Soon?

Tired parents, you might be tempted to put a little cereal in their your baby’s bottle, just to help everyone get some sleep. But experts say, think again. A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics confirms that many parents are jumping the gun and feeding their babies solid food before the age of … Read More

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Don’t Feed Your Baby Solid Food Before 6 Months

Like many pediatricians, I recommend that you introduce solid food to your baby no earlier than 6 months old. A study published in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics shows many moms are jumping the gun and feeding their babies solid food earlier without knowing the risks. Of the 1,300 moms that were questioned, 40 … Read More

Depressed Moms May Have Shorter Kids

Moms who suffer from postpartum depression may be more likely to have shorter kids, a new study in the journal Pediatrics finds. Researchers at Johns Hopkins linked the height disparity to less breastfeeding, as well as increased stress that may affect a child’s growth hormones.   Amy Sullivan, Psy.D., a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic, says that … Read More