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2011-01-20 13:51:32

On Thursday, American's chief doctor asked for Americans to support breastfeeding and outlined guidelines for mothers and communities to support the nature's most natural nutrition system. Studies have shown numerous benefits for babies, mothers and overall healthcare when newborns are breastfed for the recommended minimum of six months. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin issued a report on Thursday that advocates mothers to breastfeed their children. "Many barriers exist for mothers who want...

2011-01-17 10:06:45

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Current guidelines suggest that mothers should exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of their babies' lives. However, in a new article, British researchers question whether this recommendation is really beneficial for babies. The authors analyzed and reviewed current evidence and say it is time to reappraise the recommendation. Lead study author Dr. Mary Fewtrell, a consultant pediatrician at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London, says while breastfeeding...

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2010-09-14 06:42:00

Three million, or 75 percent, of all infants born in the United States in 2007 were breastfed, but mothers abandoned the practice too quickly, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday. The health agency said that less than 50 percent of U.S. mothers had breastfed their newborns for even half as long as advised, while just 22 percent are still breastfeeding one year after the birth of their baby. The CDC report revealed that the number of U.S. babies who were...

2010-08-13 08:00:00

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and 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 exclusively. Kaiser Permanente, with more than 90,000 births in 2009, uses its integrated care delivery model to help mothers understand the benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and child and support the mother's infant feeding decision. "Kaiser...

2010-08-03 03:32:00

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, August 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - Special Issue and Other Select Articles to be Made Freely Available Online In support of World Breastfeeding Week 2010, Elsevier - the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services - is pleased to open access to selected articles related to breastfeeding from the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, Midwifery and the Journal of Pediatric Health Care....

2010-01-27 09:23:44

Ethnicity and number of previous births are factors that can predict the length of time a woman will breastfeed her child. A new study published in the open access journal BMC Pediatrics has examined the effects of maternal factors and hospital infant-feeding practices on breastfeeding. This is particularly important since the UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates worldwide. The UK Government recommends that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life based...

2010-01-25 14:48:00

Local Broadcasts in Creole Urge New Mothers to Nourish Infants Through Breast Milk; Cautions Against Baby Formula Made with Dirty Water PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The global humanitarian organization Save the Children is supporting efforts to promote breastfeeding among new mothers in Haiti to ensure the protection of the youngest and most vulnerable survivors of the devastating January 12 earthquake. The agency has translated internationally recognized...

2009-12-01 14:30:00

RED BANK, N.J., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- A national survey reveals the majority of mothers know breastfeeding is ideal for their babies and themselves but at the same time want the right to decide what works best for them and their families. See video from HealthyWomen at: http://inr.mediaseed.tv/IFC_37156/ The survey of mothers of children aged 12 months and younger found that most mothers (83%) made their infant feeding decision prior to going to the hospital to give birth. The vast...

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2009-08-11 13:10:00

Women who have immediate family members with breast cancer are strongly urged to consider breastfeeding their babies, according to a report released today. Researchers found in a long-term study of more than 60,000 women, that women with a close family history of breast cancer had significantly lower risk of developing breast cancer before menopause if they breastfed their babies, compared to women who did not breastfeed. "Breastfeeding is good for mothers and for babies," study chief Dr....

2009-08-11 08:33:00

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Breastfeeding reduces infant mortality by 21 percent and offers increased health benefits according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), yet only 54 percent of new mothers in the Philadelphia area attempt to breastfeed their newborns. August is National Breastfeeding Awareness month and Independence Blue Cross (IBC) takes this opportunity to remind members of its support and incentives to breastfeed their newborns. "IBC is proud to offer...