Tuesday , 24 October 2017

Breastfeeding

This ALL-FEMALE Biker Crew Delivers Breast Milk To Babies In Need

Earlier this year, Julie Bouchet-Horwitz, a nurse practitioner and lactation consultant, opened New York State’s very first milk bank with one plain and simple mission: to collect as many donations of breast milk possible, pasteurize the milk, and then donate it to babies in need — especially preemies and sick babies. According to Bouchet-Horwitz, operations at New York Milk Bank have been going great since it …

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When is a child too old to breastfeed?

Women come under a lot of scrutiny when it comes to breastfeeding. There are those who are shamed for doing it in public, those who are corrected for doing it wrong, and those who are criticized for not doing it at all. And then there are those who continue to do it even when their child is old enough to talk …

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Photo Showing Breast Milk Killing Harmful Bacteria Goes Viral

A photo showing droplets of breast breast milk fending off armies of harmful bacteria in Petri dishes is going viral on Facebook. The photo, posted by a biology student in England, features nine Petri dishes completely colonized with the bacteria M. Luteus, except in the center, where tiny puddles of breast milk have created what looks like “moats” of protection around …

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Neuroscience Shows Breastfeeding Is Not Just Milk

Lifelong effects of breastfeeding on mental health Early life experiences set the stage for physical health in later life. Reducing early toxic stress is key to preventing disease in adults (Shonkoff, 2016). Breastfeeding is one important way to decrease early toxic stress. Recent studies have shown that breastfeeding increases babies’ physical and mental well-being, and these effects go well beyond the composition of …

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I Can’t Understand Black Breastfeeding Week (But I Still Support It)

There are many things I didn’t get about the history of Black Breastfeeding Week, which runs from August 25th-31st. To my credit, I can barely keep up with the history of breastfeeding in general (I mean, the practice does date all the way back to the beginning of mammal-kind). Prior to looking into the celebration that is Black Breastfeeding Week, I …

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Breastfeeding Is Wonderful, But Moms’ Health And Happiness Matter Too

There’s no doubt that breastfeeding is all kinds of awesome. It’s associated with a lower risk of certain cancers for moms and decreased rates of infection and diseases like diabetes and leukemia for babies. Nursing burns a ton of calories, making it easier to shed postpartum pounds for some women, and it might even result in increased IQ scores. But… These statistics are just that – …

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Whitney Port tears up while discussing painful breastfeeding experience

New mom Whitney Port is opening up about the challenges of breastfeeding. The former star of “The Hills” shows her vulnerable side in a video she recently posted to her YouTube channel, in which she tearfully explains that breastfeeding her infant son, Sonny, has not been the joyful bonding experience she expected. “I’m not obsessed with breastfeeding. There. I said …

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Mom Syringe-Feeding Her Baby in a Touching Postpartum Photo Is Going Viral

✨FEEDING WITH LOVE✨ Syringe feeding a sleepy newborn some colostrum. We love you @wisdombird #carriagehousebirth #carriagehousebirthdoula #chbdoula #feedingwithlovesubmission #feedingwithlove A post shared by Carriage House Birth (@carriagehousebirth) on Sep 4, 2016 at 5:16pm PDT It seems these days that moms — and nonmoms — can spend all day arguing about which way to feed their child is “the best.” With …

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The Reality Of A Working/Breastfeeding Mom Sucks

Medicine tells us “breast is best.” Society tells us to say, “I am woman, hear me roar.” So here we are: empowered, educated, employed. We’re making our own money. We have careers. We have husbands. We have wives. We have babies. Sometimes, we do this whole gosh darn thing on our own as single moms. And then when we have babies, we say “OK, …

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