Latest Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Stories

2006-01-10 11:20:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study suggests that the longer infants are breastfed, the lower the likelihood they'll be overweight as adolescents, a relationship that does not appear to be influenced by sociocultural factors. The findings, published in the journal Epidemiology, add to the not always consistent body of research on breastfeeding and childhood weight gain. While a number of studies have suggested that breastfed babies are less likely to become overweight than...

2005-12-05 14:10:00

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A number of factors influence whether a women will give up breastfeeding before the baby can derive any health benefits from it, new research suggests -- but with more encouragement and help many more women might persevere. Numerous studies have documented the health benefits of breastfeeding for the infant, such as a decreased risk of upper respiratory infections and possibly even a reduced risk of dying. Still, many women forgo...

2005-10-03 09:30:00

NEW YORK -- Though efforts to encourage breastfeeding are usually aimed at new mothers, getting dads on board can also help, according to a study published Monday. The study, which followed 280 sets of new parents, found that mothers were more likely to breastfeed over the long term when their husbands also got some advice on breastfeeding. Half of the fathers in the study were taught how to manage common problems women have with breastfeeding -- including discomfort, fear that the baby is...

2005-09-19 14:21:49

LONDON (Reuters) - Baby milk manufacturers are confusing mothers with clever marketing that evades a ban on advertising their infant formulas in Britain, according to research published on Monday. Three-fifths of women asked in a survey believed they had seen advertising for infant formula, even though advertising it in the UK has been banned since 1995, a survey for UNICEF UK and the National Childbirth Trust found. The researchers said baby milk firms were exploiting a loophole,...

2005-09-16 07:28:05

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Low-income women may be more likely to breastfeed their infants if they get a little encouragement from their peers, a new study suggests. Researchers found that a peer-counseling program boosted rates of exclusive breastfeeding among low-income, predominantly Hispanic women who gave birth at one urban hospital. Compared with new mothers not involved in the program, these women were 15 times more likely to give their infants only breast milk...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.