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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...

2009-07-20 11:02:03

There is little evidence that mother's milk protects babies against illness or allergies, a leading British pediatrician said. Those observations are contained in National Health Service literature which is wrong or out of date, said Dr. Michael Kramer, who has advised UNICEF and the World Health Organization. There is evidence, however, that mothers who breastfeed are more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle and follow expert advice on health issues, Kramer said. NHS leaflets for pregnant...

2009-03-25 20:57:46

Most Canadian women have a positive experience during labor and birth, but few breastfeed their babies past 6 months as advised, a survey indicates. Dr. Catherine McCourt, director of health surveillance and epidemiology with the Public Health Agency of Canada said the survey, which involved 45-minute interviews with 6,421 women nationwide, found 14 percent of new mothers are exclusively breastfeeding their babies at age 6 months, as the health agency recommends, the Toronto Star reports....

2009-03-23 21:34:03

Hospital practices, such as supplementing newborns with formula or giving them pacifiers, reduce the odds new mothers will breastfeed, U.S. researchers say. A research team led by Eugene Declercq of the Boston University School of Public Health finds a significant drop-off between the numbers of mothers who intend to breastfeed exclusively and those who go on to fulfill that intention one week after giving birth. Among first-time mothers, 70 percent reported an intention to breastfeed...

2009-02-02 09:00:00

LOMA LINDA, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Loma Linda University Children's Hospital (LLUCH) was awarded the "Baby-Friendly" designation over the weekend for its efforts in giving breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. LLUCH is the first Children's Hospital in the Nation to be awarded this status. "Because children's hospitals have neonatal intensive care units and other...

2009-01-28 16:29:23

Breastfeeding may reduce the chance of children developing asthma, but a Canadian researcher says fast-food may negate the breast feeding benefits. Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj of the University of Alberta finds eating fast-food more than once or twice a week negated the beneficial effects of breastfeeding in protecting children from the respiratory disease. Like other studies, we found that fast-food consumption was associated with asthma, Kozyrskyj says in a statement. The research confirmed the...

2009-01-12 16:47:00

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine feels that the social networking website, Facebook, would be well advised to review its policy banning photographs of breastfeeding mothers. Such a policy perpetuates the notion that breastfeeding is an unseemly bodily function best kept from public viewing, a misguided and antiquated concept that has no place in contemporary society. It further perpetuates the idea that formula feeding is normative when...

2008-10-20 21:00:14

After reviewing the evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concluded that primary care providers can increase breastfeeding rates and duration by encouraging and supporting breastfeeding. The USPSTF recommends primary care interventions before, around, and after childbirth to advocate and support breastfeeding. The recommendation appears in the October 21, 2008, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians' flagship journal. For the study, the...

2008-10-15 12:00:34

ALLEN, Texas, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Presbyterian Hospital of Allen has been designated a "Baby-Friendly Hospital" by the World Health Organization, recognizing its comprehensive approach to supporting breastfeeding of newborns. Presbyterian Hospital of Allen (PHA) is the first and only hospital in Texas to receive this distinction and the 68th in the nation. An international program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund, the...

2008-09-26 21:00:31

By Mike Waites Figures show women most likely to use formula milk are young, white and from deprived backgrounds.Professor Mary Renfrew, of York University, and Prof David Hall, of Sheffield University, writing in the British Medical Journal, say the problem is creating a major public health and inequalities problem.They say breastfeeding improves the health of both babies and mothers and has also been shown to be the single most important preventive approach to saving children's lives. In...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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