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The use of herbal medicines during breastfeeding: a population-based survey in Western Australia

Posted November 13, 2013

Main concerns for lactating women about medications include the safety of their breastfed infants and the potential effects of medication on quantity and quality of breast milk. While medicine treatments include conventional and complementary medicines, most studies to date have focused on evaluating the safety aspect of conventional medicines. Despite increasing popularity of herbal medicines, there are currently limited data available on the pattern of use and safety of these medicines during breastfeeding. This study aimed to identify the pattern of use of herbal medicines during breastfeeding in Perth, Western Australia, and to identify aspects which require further clinical research.

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Breastfeeding proven to lower risk of Alzheimer’s in moms

Posted August 9, 2013

As more research becomes available, it is increasingly clear that breastfeeding children provides infinitely more long-term health benefits to both baby and mom. Now, a new study shows that mothers who breast feed run a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

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Breastfeeding May Help Prevent ADHD In Children

Posted May 16, 2013

Breastfeeding may help prevent children from developing ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) later in life, according to a new study. The research was conducted by a team of Israeli researchers and published in Breastfeeding Medicine, the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

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Breastfeeding All Newborns Could Save 830,000 Lives A Year

Posted February 19, 2013

If all mothers breastfed their newborns straight away after they were born, about 830,000 lives annually would be saved, says Save the Children in a new report. The authors added that there are four major barriers to better breastfeeding.

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In Very-Low-Birth-Weight Infants, Breast Milk Reduces Intensive Care Costs And Risk Of Sepsis

Posted February 10, 2013

Feeding human breast milk to very-low-birth-weight infants greatly reduces risk for sepsis and significantly lowers associated neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) costs, according to a study by Rush University Medical Center researchers.

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Nutrient Needs in Lactation

Posted July 30, 2012

Like in pregnancy, adequate nutrition of the mother during lactation is of vital importance since during the first few months of life, the infant derives all the nutrition from the mother’s milk. The child does not need anything over breast milk for the initial six months. Generally, the child is breastfed for six to nine months. As the mother has to nourish a fully developed and rapidly growing infant, she needs extra nutrients to meet the baby’s needs in addition to her own requirements. Any inadequacies in her diet influences both the quantity and quality of milk secreted, though the effect on quantity is more.

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Study: Seaweed drink helps people lose weight

Posted April 30, 2012

Fibers from seaweed might help with weight loss, finds a new study. According to researchers, fibers from alginates can create a sense of fullness to help people lose weight.

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