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The remarkable health benefits of colostrum

Posted November 25, 2013

Colostrum is the thin fluid produced by breastfeeding mothers. It is produced in abundance during the very first few milkings, and with each milking, less is produced. Colostrum introduces immunoglobulins from the mother to the infant and turns on the child’s immune system. Colostrum has incredible immune-balancing benefits.

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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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Breast milk improves infants brains – new research shows improved cognition in breastfed babies

Posted June 25, 2013

Breastfeeding improves brain development in newborns. New research published in NeuroImage reported that babies fed with breast milk showed more white matter growth in their brains. These are the areas of the brain that deal with emotions, motor ability and learning language. Those mothers not able to produce their own breast milk or premature babies can benefit from breast donor milk programs that are now being implemented in some areas.

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Protein in breast milk fights antibiotic resistant ‘superbugs’

Posted May 26, 2013

The key to overcoming antibiotic resistant “superbugs” could be a simple protein found naturally in human breast milk. These are the promising findings of a new study out of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where researchers recently discovered that HAMLET, which is short for Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor cells, targets the mitochondria of drug-resistant bacteria.

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Study: Breast milk kills cancer cells

Posted March 27, 2013

The health benefits of human breast milk are vast, and researchers from Sweden have uncovered the presence of yet another substance in breast milk with incredible cancer-fighting abilities. As reported in a study published in the journal PLoS One, the substance, known as “Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumor cells” (HAMLET), effectively kills cancer cells, which in turn helps provide lasting protection against tumor development in young children.

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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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Over 700 Bacteria Identified In Breast Milk

Posted January 8, 2013

Spanish researchers have traced the bacterial microbiota map in breast milk, which is the main source of nourishment for newborns. The study has revealed a larger microbial diversity than originally thought: more than 700 species.

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Breast Milk Promotes a Different Gut Flora Growth Than Infant Formulas

Posted August 28, 2012

The benefits of breast milk have long been appreciated, but now scientists at Duke University Medical Center have described a unique property that makes mother’s milk better than infant formula in protecting infants from infections and illnesses.

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Eating salmon while pregnant affects contents of mother’s milk

Posted August 4, 2012

Mothers who eat more salmon before giving birth boost levels of a vital nutrient in their breast milk, but could lower levels of disease-fighting antibodies they pass on while feeding their baby, researchers have found.

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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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