Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Mar 16 2020 A component of breast milk may help protect premature babies from developing sepsis, a fast-moving, life-threatening condition triggered by infection. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have found — in newborn mice — that a molecule called epidermal
Fran Bailey of NCT talks to us about the key points of expressing breastmilk and the tools of the trade.
Photo: iStock Photo By the time my son was two weeks old, I felt like I had been milked by everyone in town. During our three days in hospital I’d been assessed by three different nurses, one lactation consultant, a paediatrician, and our midwife. On day two, my baby was dehydrated and limp, unable to
Breastfeeding is associated with benefits for children and their mothers. However, when mothers take medications there is a potential for adverse side effects in the infant. In a recently published study in JAMA Neurology, a University of Minnesota-led research team looked at antiepileptic drug (AED) exposure in infants who were breastfed by mothers with epilepsy.
Photo: iStockphoto When you’re a new mom, you’re particularly vulnerable to colds and flus: You’re sleep deprived, grabbing junk food on the go, and if you have a preschooler bringing home daycare germs as well, you’re really in trouble. But there’s good news: It’s okay to use most cold medicine while breastfeeding, even those that
Photo: istockphoto Whether it’s your first baby or your third, breastfeeding isn’t always easy—especially in the early days. And even when nursing is going well, you may still want to find some breastfeeding support. Most new parents have loads of questions. How do you know when your milk will come in? Is it safe to nurse
Jan 9 2020 In a world first, researchers from The University of Western Australia have taken the first step towards understanding whether it may be possible for breastfeeding mothers to naturally vaccinate their babies against malaria – one of the world’s deadliest contagious diseases. The study was led by Professor Valerie Verhasselt, from UWA’s
Photo: Carmen Cheung It was 3 a.m., and we had reached the end of our rope with our perpetually crying newborn. She was becoming increasingly prone to long fits of inconsolable crying and, though I nursed constantly, I was never able to soothe her. Finally, in the middle of the night on her fifth day,
Top breastfeeding tips with NCT and mothercare top breastfeeding tips with NCT and mother care Breastfeeding has many benefits for both you and your baby, but this doesn’t mean you’ll get the hang of it as soon as your baby is born. In fact it can be quite tricky to master at first, however with
These vintage photos remind us all that public breastfeeding is nothing new Photo: Rene Johnson via Facebook These vintage photos remind us all that public breastfeeding is nothing new Recently, the internet has been flooded with stories of moms being shamed for breastfeeding in public—it’s truly exhausting that we’re still talking about this, right? But what
How do you know if your newborn is hungry? Watch for these signs Photo: iStockphoto How do you know if your newborn is hungry? Watch for these signs As I lay in my hospital bed, a confusing chart stared me down. I was a first-time mom and the maternity ward nurses had left me with
Constipation in breastfeeding babies: What to know Constipation is uncommon in infancy, particularly in breastfed babies, but it can happen. Breastfed babies tend to have fewer episodes of constipation and diarrhea than formula-fed babies because breast milk is easier than formula to digest. In older children, constipation is common and accounts for about 3%
Dieting while breastfeeding Photo: iStockphoto dieting while breastfeeding If a temper tantrum flares in the Buss household these days, there is a good chance that an adult is the one throwing it. Justine Buss, mother to three kids under five, has been on a strict diet that eliminates all the foods that she suspects render
Photo: iStockPhoto Shopping for a bra is tough, but shopping for a nursing bra can be downright excruciating. After all, the breasts you’re used to buying for are changing. They’re growing, leaking, sensitive and unpredictable. “I have to say, even as a bra lady, buying a bra during all of these changes even stumped me,” says
The author with her daughter. Photo: Sounds Like Yellow Photography I was sitting on the floor of the nursery at 2 a.m., trying to hold my three-day-old baby girl gently rather than in a vice grip that would betray the excruciating pain I was in trying to breastfeed her. No matter how many beautiful platitudes