Feb. 27, 2013 – NewsScientist reports that a study published in Social Science & Medicine is causing quite a stir. Researchers at Ohio State University studied almost 700 U.S. families, comparing the effect of breastfeeding and bottle-feeding on siblings. They did not find significant long-term differences in the two groups and suggested claims that breastfeeding boosts IQs and protects against a range of health conditions later in life may have been based on flawed research. The researchers say comparing long-term effects in babies born to different families could affect the results of the previous studies. Other researchers say the Ohio State University study was designed too crudely to observe any effects. Babies fed a mixture of breast and formula were classified as breastfeeding.
Jan. 24, 2014 – Seattlepi.com reports that Hawaii legislators are considering a package of measures from the Women’s Legislative Caucus that includes exempting breastfeeding women from jury duty for up to a year and requiring space at work for nursing moms.
Jan. 24, 2014 – The Green Prophet reports that Abu Dhabi has passed a clause in their Child Rights law that requires all women to breastfeed their children until they are two years old.
Dec. 30, 2013 – WomenofChina.cn reports that 300 lactation rooms will be set up in office buildings, shopping malls, and other public places in Shanghai next year. The Oriental Morning Post reports that Shanghai has 3.37 million female workers, 240,000 are nursing mothers. Shanghai General Labor Union has been pushing for workplaces and public places to designate a private room (other than a restroom) as a lactation room. Once these rooms are in place, the Union plans to launch a mobile app that can provide nursing mothers with the locations of these rooms.
Nov. 26, 2013 – KentOnline reports that Gravesham Breast Buddies are raising money for a special care baby fund at Darent Valley Hospital by posing for a breastfeeding calendar. The moms are shown in a variety of situations, including one mom who wore her wedding dress. The calendar is £8 plus postage. For more information, click here.
Nov. 20, 2013 – Business Standard reports that a University of Southampton study published in Pediatrics found that giving a baby solid food in addition to breastmilk after the 17th week helps develop a better, stronger immune system to fight allergies.
Oct. 28, 2013 – Science Codex reports on a new study presented at the AAP National Conference in Orlando that found skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby in the delivery room was associated with an increased likelihood of exclusive breastfeeding. Researchers reviewed hospital records of 150 newborns and found that the intention to breastfeed and skin-to-skin contact were significantly related to exclusive breastfeeding – independent of maternal age, mode of delivery, parity, and gestational age.
Sept. 25, 2013 – Yorkton News reports that the Baby Friendly Initiative Work Group in Yorkton, Canada, is placing life-sized cutouts of mothers and babies breastfeeding throughout the area to encourage and promote acceptance of breastfeeding.
Sept. 25, 2013 – Red Bluff Daily News reports that the Tehama County WIC program is hosting a breastfeeding booth at the Tehama District Fair.
Sept. 25, 2013 – Health Day News reports that a study published in the Sept. 23 issue of JAMA Pediatrics found that duration of breastfeeding is longer for mothers who frequently sleep with their infants. Study authors state that although sleeping with infants increases breastfeeding duration, “the benefits must be tempered by known safety risks associated with infant-parent bedsharing.”
Aug. 16, 2013 – NewKerala.com reports that researchers in Spain analyzed the medical records of 504 women treated for breast cancer and found that women who had given birth and breastfed were diagnosed with breast cancer at a later age, regardless of family history of cancer. Nonsmokers who breastfed longer than six months tended to be diagnosed 10 years later than nonsmokers who breastfed for a shorter period. Female smokers were diagnosed at a younger age and received no significant benefit from breastfeeding.
July 29, 2013 – MailOnline reports that a new study published in JAMA found that children breastfed for the first year had higher intelligence scores at age seven and enhanced language skills from age three. This study included 1,312 mothers and children in the Project Viva study.
July 28, 2013 – Yahoo!Sport New Zealand reports that women from all over Aotearoa, New Zealand, (and the world) will be kicking off the 8th annual Big Latch On on August 2nd. This event was established by the Women’s Health Action in New Zealand in 2005 and is now celebrated globally. Isis McKay, Women’s Health Action Big Latch On Coordinator, says 110 venues are already registered and more are coming in.
July 28, 2013 – MailOnline reports that Duchess Kate Middleton was seen wearing a dress made for nursing mothers.
June 24, 2013 – Business Insider reports that a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that breastfed children in the U.K. were more likely to have moved up in the social hierarchy in adulthood compared to nonbreastfed children. Researchers compared 34,000 people born in either 1958 or 1970, and compared their social class at age 33 or 34 with that of their fathers when they were children. They found that breastfeeding not only increased their chance of moving upward socially by 24%, it also reduced their chance of sliding downward by 20%.
June 23, 2013 – MailOnline reports that the number of new mothers breastfeeding their babies in England has decreased for the first time in a decade. NHS figures show 5000 fewer women choosing to breastfeed in 2012 compared to 2011 numbers. The Royal College of Midwives blame cuts in postnatal care and a lack of health promotion for the lower numbers.
May 27, 2013 – AsianScientist reports that a study from the University of Western Australia has found that the number of leukocytes in breastmilk not only changes during the course of breastfeeding, but also in response to maternal and infant infection. They recruited 21 breastfeeding mothers/babies at different stages of lactation and established the normal range of leukocytes in the milk of healthy mothers. They found that this range increased rapidly when either the mother or the baby had an infection, and returned to normal when the infection was over. The study also found that exclusive breastfeeding was associated with a higher baseline of leukocytes in breastmilk under healthy conditions, indicating the babies not exclusively breastfed not only receive lower breastmilk volumes, but also fewer leukocytes in the milk they do receive. This study was published in the journal Clinical and Translational Immunology.