breastfeeding

Promoting Drug Safety During Breastfeeding
Promoting Drug Safety During BreastfeedingPharmacists can help women who breastfeed by identifying the safest drugs and dosage schedules to minimize exposure.
Vitamin D supplementation in nursing mothers and infantsThere are challenges to defining normal or healthy levels of vitamin D. The question, therefore, is whether to recommend vitamin D supplementation for breastfeeding mothers, their breastfed infants, or both.
Breastfeeding may offer early protection against ear infectionsBreastfeeding is already known to offer a number of health and developmental benefits. Now, an Australian study is adding ear infection prevention to that list.
Does breastfeeding help lower risk of endometriosis?A new analysis of data from Nurses’ Health Study II (NHS II) shows that following the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ recommendations on breastfeeding may lower a woman’s risk of endometriosis. The association between the risk reduction and breastfeeding, the authors say, may be mediated at least in part by amenorrhea
How does breastfeeding influence breast cancer risk?There are several possible reasons that breastfeeding may influence breast cancer risk, according to the American Institute of Cancer Research. Find out what they are.
Antibiotics weaken breastfeeding’s benefitsThe protective effects of breastfeeding against infections and overweight are reduced or eliminated by antibiotic use early in life, according to a retrospective study in 226 5-year-old Finnish children, almost all of whom had been breastfed for at least 1 month.
The importance of a pharmacist’s consultation for lactating mothersThe rate of breastfeeding has reached over 75% in the U.S. The goal set by Healthy People 2020 is 82%. The Surgeon General has released a “call to action” that promotes breastfeeding for every mother who wishes to do so.
“No strings” prenatal income support improves birth outcomesA study among low-income women receiving prenatal income support in the Canadian province of Manitoba found that this unique benefit—provided with no conditions—results in positive birth outcomes.
Long-term impact of breastmilk on preterm babiesWhat are the long-term benefits of breastmilk for preterm babies? Also, a first-of-its-kind study looks at maternal folate levels and BMI and the role they play in the child's risk of obesity. Plus: What are the adverse neonatal outcomes of untreated depression in the mother?
Impact of menopause on migraine frequencyDo women suffer from more migraines as they transition into menopause? Plus: A report indicates that hospitals may not be adequately supporting breastfeeding in teenaged mothers. And, a look at prenatal exposure to bronchodilators and autism.