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2012-08-05 23:02:56

InsidersHealth launches “Health Starts With Mom” a contest (deadline August 13, 2012) and ongoing media campaign to educate about the lifelong benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2012. Breastfeeding, the only way to feed infants until infant formula emerged in the mid-19th Century, prevents major diseases, increases IQ, and protects mothers from breast cancer, yet many women are encouraged to feed formula...

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2012-07-11 08:47:56

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Considered taboo in the past, breastfeeding is the new hip activity for mothers who recently gave birth. Breastfeeding has gained in popularity for a variety of reasons related to better health. Most recently, scientists discovered that, while having more babies can lead to a higher body mass index, the longer a woman breastfeeds causes a lower body mass index (BMI) later on. The study included women who had breastfed for at least six...

2012-06-21 06:24:23

BOSTON, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Although breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for infants and mothers, half of US-born babies are given formula within the first week, and by 9 months, only 31% of babies are breastfeeding at all. Breastfeeding rates are lowest among low socio-economic populations. To help reverse these trends, the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) today announced a first-of-its-kind effort...

Pacifiers OK For Breastfeeding Infants
2012-05-01 05:31:03

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com When Beyoncé first had her baby, the media went wild over her decision to breastfeed in public. Following that breastfeeding incident, breastfeeding is again in the news; however, it´s in relation to a new medical study rather than a celebrity happening. An experiment by physicians at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) challenges the perspective that pacifiers interfere with breastfeeding. The study, presented Monday, April 30 at...

2012-04-30 11:39:15

New data do not support recommendation to restrict soothers in breastfeeding infants Binkies, corks, soothers. Whatever you call pacifiers, conventional wisdom holds that giving them to newborns can interfere with breastfeeding. New research, however, challenges that assertion. In fact, limiting the use of pacifiers in newborn nurseries may actually increase infants' consumption of formula during the birth hospitalization, according to a study to be presented Monday, April 30, at the...

2012-03-29 10:25:22

KIRKLAND, Wash., March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Evergreen Healthcare today announced it has renewed its five-year designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital, demonstrating the organization's commitment to adopting new policies and procedures that lead to improved health outcomes for newborns and families. The designation is awarded by Baby-Friendly, USA, an accrediting body that implements the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) Baby-Friendly Hospital...

2012-03-15 17:08:24

A serial qualitative interview study of infant feeding experiences: Idealism meets realism Advising women to breastfeed exclusively for six months may be "unhelpful" and far too idealistic, suggests a qualitative study of new mothers, their partners, and close relatives, published in the online journal BMJ Open. Exclusive breastfeeding for six months is known to confer considerable health benefits for mother and baby, and many governments around the world endorse the World Health...

2012-02-14 12:30:00

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Highland Hospital, the flagship health care facility of Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC) (www.acmedctr.com), announced it has earned the prestigious "Baby-Friendly" designation from an organization that administers the program in the U.S. for its sponsors, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Highland joins 126 of the nation's 5,754 hospitals to be designated Baby-Friendly and...

2011-11-29 11:52:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente announced Tuesday it has signed a commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America to support breastfeeding as a measure of hospital quality and a key strategy in preventing childhood obesity. Kaiser Permanente believes that one of the most important choices a mother can make to promote the health of her family is to choose to breastfeed. With more than 96,000 births in 2010, Kaiser Permanente cares for more...

2011-11-17 15:05:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health today received an $822,739 federal bonus for improving breastfeeding rates among mothers enrolled in Pennsylvania's Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, program. Breastfeeding is known to provide lasting health benefits to babies. "Breastfeeding rates in the Pennsylvania WIC Program have risen from 29 percent in 1995 to 50 percent in 2011," said Dr. Eli Avila, Secretary of Health, during a visit today to the...